Majority of California Voters Back Gun Control

Thursday, September 15, 2016 Written by 
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According to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll conducted by SurveyMonkey, two-thirds of California voters support a gun-control initiative. Nearly the same percentage — 66 percent — of people said they don't have a firearm in their home, the survey showed.


Findings indicate that 64 percent support the gun control initiative; 28 percent don't support it; and 8 percent gave no answer. 


Proposition 63 by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom would require background checks for those who buy ammunition, prohibit possession of large-capacity magazines, and establish procedures for taking guns from felons and others not authorized to have them. 


The ballot measure has broad support across all age groups, and ethnicities.  Eighteen to 24 year-olds and Hispanics are showing the strongest support, with 70% and 56% favorable responses respectively.  


The issue gained steam after a series of shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando among other places. Earlier in July, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a sweeping package of gun control bills, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanding the definition of prohibited assault weapons.


Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, is running for governor in 2018, and political pundits say his gun-control initiative will help pave the way for the candidacy by raising his image. He and former Facebook President Sean Parker are among the top contributors to the initiative campaign, which has so far raised more than $4 million.


Opponents, including the National Rifle Assn., have launched multiple campaigns against the measure that have so far raised about $425,000.


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