Amid surge in shootings, Californians’ confidence in gun control laws slips: Poll

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Two women mourn their cousin as they attend a vigil for the victims of a shooting at San Jose City Hall on May 27, 2021. (AMY OSBORNE/AFP via Getty Images)

Two women mourn their cousin as they attend a vigil for the victims of a shooting at San Jose City Hall on May 27, 2021. (AMY OSBORNE/AFP via Getty Images)

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 2nd 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.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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