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FDU poll finds broad support for gun control among NJ residents

92% back increased funding for mental health services

By Nikita Biryukov, October 31 2019 6:00 am

A Farleigh Dickinson University Poll released Thursday found most of the state’s residents support a wide array of gun control measures.

Almost all of the state’s residents, 92%, said they backed universal background checks and increased funding for mental health services.

New Jersey is one of 12 states that requires universal background checks.

The poll found that 82% backed allowing police to seize guns from persons the courts deemed to be dangerous, and 67% backed a nationwide ban on assault-style weapons.

Earlier this year, New Jersey enacted a law limiting the maximum magazine capacity, and 66% of residents said they’d support a law doing the same on a national level.

Most residents, 58%, backed a law requiring police to only purchase firearms from companies that promote gun safety.

Only 30% of the state’s residents told pollsters they would support laws relaxing concealed carry laws to make it easier to carry a gun.

“New Jersey is known for having some of the toughest gun control laws in the country,” FDU poll director Krista Jenkins said. “Taken as a whole, these numbers underscore the support that exists in the Garden State for policies that often set us apart from other states, as well as wish that others across the nation take a cue from New Jersey policymakers.”

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