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Most Oregonians support gun control

Support varies by gender, party and location


Most Oregonians favor tough gun control laws, with women, Democrats, residents in the tri-county area and resident in the mid-Wiillamette Valley more in favor of them, according to a new poll.

"Two-thirds of Oregonians support stricter laws. The major difference we found are, women support them more than men, Democrats more than Republicans, and residents in the tri-county area and mid-Willamette Valley more than the rest of the state," says pollster Ari Wubbold.

The poll was conducted by the DHM Research for KOPB and KPTV Fox News 12. It followed the widely-publicized mass shootings in the Clackamas Town Center and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Congress and the 2013 Oregon Legislature is set to consider a range of gun control measures, including a ban on so-called assault weapons, a ban on large capacity magazines and mandatory background checks on all gun sales, including those between private parties.

• 36% of those surveyed had a gun in their home, compared to 63% who did not. Republicans were more likely to be gun owners than Democrats (48% vs. 27%). 33% of those with a child under the age of 18 in the home also had a gun in the home.

• Nearly two-thirds (63%) said they felt laws covering the sales of firearms should be made more strict, compared to 33% of who felt they should be kept as they are now. Only 5% said gun laws should be made less strict. Females were more likely to feel that gun laws should be made more strict than males (71% vs. 55%).

• Participants were more supportive of expanded background checks for potential gun buyers than they were for laws that would ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips and assault weapons.

• Three-fourths (76%) favored a law requiring background checks before people could buy guns at gun shows. 11% were opposed. 59% of gun owners supported background checks at gun shows.

• Nearly six in ten (57%) said they would support a law which would ban the sale and possession of high-capacity ammunition clips that can contain more than 10 bullets. One-third (33%) were opposed. There was a strong partisan divide, with 85% of Democrats supportive compared to 32% or Republicans.

• Similarly, 56% were supportive of a law which would ban the sale and possession of assault weapons. 33% of gun owners were supportive of an assault weapons ban. Notably, support for the ban increased with age (18-34: 41%; 35-54: 57%; 55+: 64%).

• Overall, there were significant differences of opinion when it came to enhanced gun laws, with large preference divides between men and women (women were more supportive) and Republicans and Democrats (Democrats were more supportive).

The online survey of 365 Oregonians was conducted between January 25 and 28 of 2013. The participants were randomly selected from a panel of Oregonians who have taken previous DHM surveys. The survey demographics reflect the Oregon population as a whole. It has a margin of error of 5.1 percent.