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.
Also, 49 percent of Marylanders believe the state should not encourage the natural gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking. That's significantly higher than the 27 percent who said they believe the state should encourage the process.
From Goucher College about the poll:
“The poll, conducted March 3-7, surveyed a dual-frame (landlines and cell phones) random sample of 791 Maryland residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.48 percentage points. The sample is of all Maryland residents and does not restrict by registered or likely voters.”