Poll: N.Y. Voters Overwhelmingly Support New Gun Law

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January 17, 2013 1:37 a.m.
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Huge majorities of voters in New York back key provisions in the state’s sweeping new gun law, according to a poll from Siena College released Thursday.

New York this week became the first state to pass a new gun control law in the wake of last month’s massacre in Newtown, Conn., placing some of the strictest restrictions on firearms in the country. The poll suggested that the measure, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) almost immediately after its swift passage through the state legislature, is far from controversial in the Empire State.

Seventy-three percent of Empire State voters support a ban on assault weapons and magazines with the capacity of more than seven bullets. Moreover, 91 percent of voters support stiffer penalties on purchasing illegal guns or using guns on school grounds. 

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