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Concealed Weapons Law Opposed in Denver

Denver voters oppose a concealed weapons law, which the Coloado Legislature has considered on several occasions. In an April 1999 survey -- prior to the Columbine High School shootings -- 59 percent opposed and 35 percent supported such a law. More than twice as many people are definitely opposed (53 pecent) as definitely in support (25 percent). It is significant to not that the high rate of opposition came before the Columbine massacre, and followed a generally quiet crime environment in which growth and congestion were top public issues.

Question: As I read the following statement, please tell me if you definitely support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or definitely oppose requiring the Denver Police Department to issue a permit to carry a concealed handgun to anyone who could legally purchase a handgun under federal law, pass a background check and take a handgun training safety course.

The survey was conducted for 9-KUSA, 850 KOA and the Denver Post by Ciruli Associates from April 7 to April 15, 1999, with 400 likely voters. The range of statistical confidence is plus or minus 4.8 percentage points at the 95 percent level of accuracy.

Opposition strongest among Democrats, women

Opposition to the concealed carry law was strongest among Democrats (72 percent) and females (62 percent). A narrow majority of Denver Republicans (52 percent) support the concealed carry law.

Support and Opposition - Concealed Weapons

All Democrat Unaffiliated Republican Male Female
Support concealed weapons 35% 24% 37% 52% 42% 29%
Oppose concealed weapons 59% 72% 56% 40% 55% 62%
Ciruli Associates, N400, 1999

Douglas County voters say gun control more important than rights

Question: Do you think it is more important to protect the rights of Coloradoans to own guns or to control gun ownership?

Ciruli Associates N350, June 9 - 16, 1999