POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:07am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The latest Morning Joe- marist poll shows 60 percent of voters support stricter guns laws.
But the majority of Republicans do not.
It's that divide that's driving today's gun debate.
In Boston Massachusetts, gun owners rallied for their second amendment rights.
Meanwhile in neighboring Connecticut, lawmakers debated one of the nation's most comprehensive gun control packages.
"I want my legislators to craft laws that will protect the people while not violating the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens," said gun owner Joel Klusek.
The legislation extends an assault weapons ban, prohibits high capacity magazines, expands universal background checks, funds school security upgrades and improves mental health coverage.
State lawmakers crafted it in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
"It demands a response that transcends politics," said Connecticut State Sen. Don Williams.
"Making it more burdensome to law abiding citizens in our state is not the solution," said Connecticut State Sen. John Kissel.
The latest Morning Joe, marist poll shows 87 percent of americans support universal background checks.
59 percent also favor an assault weapons ban.
But on Capitol Hill a majority of lawmakers are hesitant to support any new gun laws.
President Obama hoped to sway congress with a trip to Denver, Colorado.
His trip comes as prosecutors seek the death penalty for the shooter accused of killing 12 people in an Aurora movie theater last year.
The state, known for its hunting tradition, recently limited magazines to 15 rounds and expanded background checks.
"We want to preserve those traditions but do it in a way that keeps people, especially in urban and suburban areas, keeps them safer, said Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado.
Several Colorado sheriffs have vowed not to enforce the new laws.
Their resistance points to a debate nowhere near finished.
President Obama will visit Hartford Connecticut Monday to promote the new gun measures and pressure congress for action at the federal level.