As violent crimes surge, Californians’ faith in gun control slips in new poll

As violent crimes surge, Californians' faith in gun control slips in new poll

Police gather near the crime scene in Orange on April 1, the day after a gunman killed four people dead, including a 9-year-old boy, and wounded one. Amid a series of mass shootings in recent months, most California voters believe strong gun laws are effective in reducing violent crime, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) Amid a surge in shootings this year, a majority of California voters say that they believe gun control laws are effective in reducing violent crime, but confidence in them has slipped, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. The poll released Thursday found that 56% of the state’s voters surveyed believe stronger laws restricting the sale and possession of guns help make their communities safer, but the number is down from 60% who felt that way three years ago. The poll also found that 57% of California voters say it is more important to place greater controls on gun ownership than it is to protect Americans’ rights to own guns under the 2 nd Amendment, but that number is down from 64% who felt that way in 2018. The decline in confidence in gun laws is a response to what people are seeing in their communities, said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll. “I think it’s due in large measure to the increase in crime, especially […]

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