Asked about their opinions on several gun laws and regulations before the General Assembly, Marylanders overwhelmingly supported stricter firearm measures, according to a recent poll by Goucher College.
The Goucher Poll, conducted earlier this month, reports that 83 percent of state residents support requiring a license to buy a handgun. Nearly the same percent of residents, 82 percent, support a finger-printing requirement for the purchase of a handgun.
Sixty-one percent of Marylanders support a statewide ban on the sale of assault weapons and, a slightly lower total, 59 percent, support a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Also, according to the poll, 77 percent of Marylanders support “prohibiting anyone who was involuntarily committed — for any length of time — to a mental heath facility from purchasing a gun.”
Other results from the poll found that Marylanders are nearly split on Gov. Martin O'Malley's job performance rating, with 47 percent approving of O'Malley's work in Annapolis and 43 percent disapproving.