New Yorkers Support Assault Weapons Ban, Poll Says

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New Yorkers strongly support a ban on assault-type weapons that was included by a gun-control law passed this week in Albany, according to a recent poll.

The Siena College poll -- taken before, during and after the legislation was passed -- says 73 percent support banning assault weapons and ammunition clips.

"There are a passionate, vocal minority of voters in this state who feel strongly that this law is bad, that it infringes on their Second Amendment rights, that it infringes upon their lifestyle, that it's the wrong thing to do and they feel very strongly. But, they are a minority of the voters in this state," said Steven Greenberg, a Siena College pollster.

There are geographical differences among those who support the ban.

In New York City, the ban is favored by 87 percent, compared with 71 percent in the suburbs and 60 percent upstate.

Ninety-one percent of New Yorkers favor increasing penalties for buying guns illegally or using them on school grounds.

Voters are not as supportive of other proposals, ones not included in the recently passed legislation.

Voters narrowly oppose placing armed guards in New York schools, 52-46 percent, but 69 percent oppose training and arming New York's teachers.

See the news release from Siena College.

Friday, August 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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