Study looks at Utahns’ opinions on gun control

Posted at 3:36 PM, Mar 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-07 17:37:02-05

PROVO, Utah – Researchers at Brigham Young University are surveying Utahns for their opinion on gun control legislation.

The study surveyed 500 registered Utah voters.

The results show about 60 percent of those surveyed oppose a nationwide semi-automatic weapons ban.

But Utahns agree with most of the country when it comes to requiring universal background checks, with 82 percent of Utahns supporting them.

“It’s one of the forms of gun control that’s seen as less invasive and is seen as less threatening to their second amendment rights. This is something that they can support and still support all the rights and privileges the second amendment affords the,” said Kelly Patterson, professor of political science at BYU.

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