CeaseFirePA, a coalition of mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, community organizations, and individual Pennsylvanians working together to take a stand against gun violence, today welcomed the confirmation by the Quinnipiac University poll that Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly want stronger gun laws. “This poll confirms what we already knew,” said Shira Goodman, CeaseFirePA Executive Director, “Pennsylvanians want our elected officials to enact common sense gun laws to keep us safe.”
According to the poll, 95 percent of those surveyed want background checks for all gun sales, a key reform on the CeaseFirePA agenda. Indeed, even in gun owning households, 95 percent supported stronger background check laws. The poll also revealed very strong support for a national ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, additional elements of the CeaseFirePA agenda.  Tim Malloy, Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute explained, “Keystone State voters … seem to have had enough of gun violence.”

Goodman noted, “This poll coming as it does on the heels of the CeaseFirePA Day of Action in Harrisburg last week, demonstrates unequivocally that Pennsylvanians want common sense gun laws to reduce gun violence, keep illegal guns from flooding our streets and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.” This new data offers compelling evidence that must propel our elected officials to action. “CeaseFirePA intends to continue to bring Pennsylvanians together to demand action and make our voices heard.”