Quinnipiac's Colorado poll released Wednesday shows that registered voters favor armed teachers and school employees over stricter gun laws.

When asked which policy would do more to reduce gun violence in schools, 47 percent of respondents chose armed school employees and teachers. Only 39 percent favored stricter gun laws. Fifteen percent of respondents didn't know.

The Jan. 29-Feb. 2 poll of 1,139 registered voters also found that 52 percent opposed stricter gun control laws while only 43 percent favored more gun laws. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

Colorado citizens have witnessed some of the most horrific incidents of gun violence in their state including the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and the Aurora theater shootings in 2012.

In December 2013, Colorado high school student Karl Pierson shot a fellow student with a shotgun before turning a gun on himself.

Local law enforcement credited the quick response of an armed deputy sheriff at the school for stopping the shooting before more students were harmed.

After the sheriff identified himself, the shooter took his own life.