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RELEASE: Poll Shows Majority of Coloradans Want to Keep or Further Strengthen Gun Laws
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RELEASE: Poll Shows Majority of Coloradans Want to Keep or Further Strengthen Gun Laws

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Washington, D.C. – A new Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and released today reveals that Colorado voters overwhelmingly continue to favor the state’s stronger gun laws. In fact, according to the results, 73 percent of those surveyed are in favor of the new law that requires background checks for all gun buyers. The survey also showed that:

  • 40 percent of Coloradans would like to see additional gun laws passed, and 24 percent would like to keep the laws that passed in 2013 as is. Only 34 percent of Coloradans favor repealing some or all of the new laws.
  • 41 percent of Colorado voters said that the new background-check law makes them more likely to support Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), while only 29 percent said the measure would make them less likely to reelect Gov. Hickenlooper.
  • The survey suggested that the National Rifle Association’s, or NRA’s, support of Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck is more likely to cost Mr. Buck votes in 2014 than gain him votes.

“Coloradans overwhelmingly support laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, or PPP, which conducted the survey. “And, despite the recall elections, the survey suggested that the political consequences in 2014 will likely be worse for those who’ve opposed strengthening gun laws than for those who advocated for it.”

Not only do Coloradans support common-sense gun laws, but new data released yesterday by the state of Colorado proved the effectiveness of such measures. According to the data, the new background-check law has already blocked 72 gun sales because the would-be purchaser was convicted or charged with a serious crime or was under a domestic restraining order.

Public Policy Polling conducted the survey of 927 Colorado voters on December 3 and 4, 2013.

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