Colorado voters support arming teachers, oppose stricter gun control laws, new poll finds

DENVER - The majority of Colorado voters support allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll found 53 percent of Coloradans were in favor of the policy. Pollsters found 62 percent of men supported the idea, while just 44 percent of women approved.

An overwhelming majority, 75 percent, also support adding metal detectors at school entrances.

“In large numbers, Colorado voters want metal detectors in the doorways of schools, and a healthy majority wants teachers and school officials armed in the interest of keeping kids safe,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

When it asked which measure would be most effective in reducing gun violence in schools, 37 percent of voters list metal detectors, 31 percent prefer armed teachers and 21 percent want stricter gun laws.

Overall, Colorado voters oppose the state’s stricter new gun control laws, 56 - 40 percent.  They support 85 - 14 percent background checks for all gun buyers, but 52 percent oppose a statewide ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

-- About the poll --

From April 15 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,139 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. 

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research. 

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