Gun Control Initiative Has Strong Support Among California Voters, Poll Finds

Nearly two-thirds of California voters support a gun-control initiative on the November ballot, about the same percentage of people who say they don’t have a firearm in their home, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.

Gun enthusiasts view AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle upper receiver parts and kits, which are legal in California, at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Del Mar. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Gun enthusiasts view AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle upper receiver parts and kits, which are legal in California, at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Del Mar. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

The initiative is supported by 64% of the 1,879 registered voters who responded to the survey, while 28% said they would vote “no” and 8% had no answer.

Proposition 63 by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom would, among other things, require background checks for those who buy ammunition, prohibit possession of large-capacity ammo magazines, and establish procedures for taking guns from felons and others not authorized to have them.

The ballot measure comes just months after the Legislature and the governor added to what are already some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. The issue is facing heightened debate after a series of mass shootings in San Bernardino, Orlando, Fla., and elsewhere.

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