Poll: Illinois Voters Prefer Tougher Gun Laws

Feb 20, 2013

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows voters support tougher gun ownership laws nearly 2:1 over those who want fewer restrictions on gun ownership.

Of those polled, 70% also favored stricter laws regarding the sale of guns and ammunition.

SIUC visiting professor and polling expert Charles Leonard says a majority of the state is very much in favor of stricter gun policies.

“Such as limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, limiting the use of so-called assault weapons, and almost universally in favor of background checks for buyers at gun shows,” Leonard said.

The poll comes on the heels of catastrophic shootings in Connecticut and Colorado, where dozens of people were shot and killed.

Voters were not in favor of restricting the ownership of guns only to police or other authorized people, but they strongly support a law to require background checks at gun shows.

The survey also comes as Illinois lawmakers are considering bills that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as allow for the concealed carry of weapons statewide.

You can see full details at PaulSimonInstitute.org.