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Poll: New Jersey residents back vetoed gun control bills

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 19 2013 03:45:52 PM CDT
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TRENTON, N.J. -

A new poll shows many New Jerseyans support three pieces of gun control legislation that were recently vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie.

The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll out Thursday found 73 percent of respondents back a proposal to require state enforcement agencies to report information on lost, stolen and discarded guns to federal databases.

Seventy percent support a measure that would require firearms purchase permits be recorded on driver licenses, create instant background checks, and mandate gun safety training. And 64 percent back a ban on .50-caliber rifles.

The poll also found 63 percent favor gun control over gun owners' rights, while 31 percent side with gun owners.

"After numerous very public shooting tragedies in recent years, it is clear New Jerseyans want more and stricter gun control measures adopted," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. "This is true even though New Jersey already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation."

The poll of 925 adults was conducted from Sept 3-9. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.