Poll Shows Colorado Voters Oppose New Gun Laws

U.S. Law Shield is happy to report that Colorado politicians are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to support new gun laws.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found that strict new gun-control laws are losing support among voters.

— 39 percent of Colorado voters favor the state’s 2013 package of gun-control measures, down from 43 percent support in Quinnipiac’s Feb. 5 poll.

— 56 percent of Colorado voters oppose the firearms laws, up from 52 percent in the Feb. 5 survey.

“In large numbers, Colorado voters want metal detectors in the doorways of schools, and half of voters want teachers and school officials armed in the interest of keeping kids safe,” said Quinnipiac Poll assistant director Tim Malloy in a statement.

The passage of three gun bills by the Democratic-controlled state legislature in March 2013 touched off a historic recall election, which resulted in two state Senate Democrats losing their seats in September.

The three gun laws restricted ammunition capacity to 15 rounds for new magazines; mandated background checks on all firearms purchases and transfers, including private transfers; and required gun buyers to pay for their own background checks.

The poll also found that voters oppose the magazine capacity limit by a margin of 51 percent to 45 percent points, but favor background checks for all gun buyers by a margin of 85 percent to 14 percent.

From April 15-21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,298 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.