Local poll shows support for gun control changes

A poll of 600 registered Washington voters conducted by the Alison Peters Consulting of Woodinville, Wash., showed strong support for what they refer to as “sensible gun law reforms.”

A proposed ban on semi-automatic assault rifles was supported by more than a two-to-one margin.

The “gun show loophole,” which would require background checks at gun shows, was supported by 87 percent of the individuals polled.

The poll also showed that 57 percent of voters believe that mandatory penalties for juvenile offenders exist when in fact they do not. State voters supported stricter penalties, starting with the first offense, by a margin of more than three-to-one.

“This new research shows strong public demand for stronger gun control measures across the state and even in NRA households, in some cases,” said Ralph Fascitelli, CeaseFire board president.

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