New Yorkers worried about crime while preferring tougher gun laws: poll

An overwhelming 92% of registered voters said in a new Siena College poll that crime is a ‘very serious’ or ‘somewhat serious’ problem in the Empire State – while large majorities support new laws state restricting semi-automatic rifles and bulletproof vests.

“Four years ago, marking the fifth anniversary of New York’s Safe Act — at the time, one of the nation’s toughest gun control measures — voters backed the Safe Act with widespread support. margin of 61 to 28%. Now, support for needing both a permit to acquire a semi-automatic weapon and a license to carry a concealed weapon is even higher — across the ideological spectrum,” pollster Steven Greenberg said.

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed into law a package of gun control bills passed by Democrats in Albany following mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas.

The poll also finds large majorities oppose upcoming Supreme Court rulings that will likely strike down federal abortion rights alongside a century-old concealed-weapons law.

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a new package of gun control laws in the wake of the Buffalo supermarket shooting.
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In this Jan. 16, 2013, file photo, assault weapons and handguns are for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Illinois.
New Yorkers are now strongly in favor of semi-automatic weapons permits and concealed carry licenses in the Empire State, according to pollster Steven Greenberg.
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Andrew Giuliani (R), who is running for governor of New York, speaks while standing with his father, Rudolph W. Giuliani (L), former personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump, during a small related press conference at Andrew's campaign in New York , New York, United States, 07 June 2022.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and GOP gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani have lambasted Democrats for their soft-on-crime policies in the Big Apple.

About a third of respondents, 36%, said a controversial bill to impose a two-year moratorium on cryptocurrency mining at old fossil fuel power plants would be good for the state.

A slight majority, 51%, said the state was heading in the wrong direction overall, while two-thirds – 68% – said the same about the country as a whole.

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