Thursday, March 3, 2011

New survey shows overwhelming support for background checks for gun purchases

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – A new survey shows 83 percent of Arizonans support background checks in order to purchase guns, including those purchased at a gun show.

“Arizonans want people to go through background checks before purchasing guns and by refusing to close the gun show loophole, the Republican majority in the legislature just confirmed how out of touch they are with Arizonans,” said Sen. Steve Gallardo. “Arizonans believe we have done too little at the state level to tighten gun laws and want common sense gun reforms to help make our communities safer.”

Other proposals supported in the survey include 92 percent to require reporting of lost or stolen guns, 91 percent to require federal agencies to share information and 85 percent to ban those on terrorist watch list from guns.

The survey of 600 Arizonans was commissioned by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and conducted by American Viewpoint, a firm with an extensive history of Republican clients. The poll was conducted between Feb.16-21 and has a 4% margin of error.

The full survey may be accessed at:

Thursday afternoon, the Republican members of the Senate voted to pass SB1201, the Firearms Omnibus, that will further loosen Arizona’s gun laws and, among other changes, also allow concealed weapons in public facilities. The vote was 21-9 with all Democrats voting against the measure.

A fact sheet on SB 1201 may be accessed on the legislative website at:

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