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Poll: Strong support for more gun checks in Pa.

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A new poll is showing strong support for certain gun control measures in Pennsylvania.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed 95 percent of voters in the state support background checks for all gun purchases.

The poll also found that 57 of voters want stricter gun control laws in the state, while four percent want less gun regulation and 35 percent believe state laws should not be changed.

Stricter gun control laws nationally were supported by 60 percent of those who responded to the poll.

Among those polled, 60 percent favored a nationwide ban on the sale of military-style weapons and 59 percent want a nationwide ban on the sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds.

Gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, 49 percent of voters said, while 40 percent said gun ownership puts people at risk.

Sixty-one percent of Pennsylvania voters said allowing citizens to own military-style rifles makes the country more dangerous, while 28 percent said ownership of the guns makes the country safer.

Gun owners asked about the poll at Enck's Gun Barn in Lebanon County said lawmakers are jumping the gun on proposing more regulation.

"Criminals will always get their hands on a gun, no matter what," said Ron Bergum Jr. "If they want a gun, they will get one."

"A gun is an inanimate object. It takes a person to use it," Bergum added. " A moral person will use it morally. An immoral person will use it immorally, plain and simple."

"I do think that there should be background checks," Steve Wier said. "People who are not fit either by mental health or whatever it is, felons, they shouldn't have firearms."

Armed guards in schools would do more to reduce gun violence than stricter gun laws, voters said 46-42 percent.

"They're gonna know when the armed guards are there, they're gonna know who the armed guards are and they're gonna target them first," Wier said. "But people who have gone through rigorous training courses in defensive pistol, that carry firearms, and nobody knows who those people are, that would be most advantageous to protect our kids."

The telephone survey of 1,221 registered voters was conducted January 22-27 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.8 percent.

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