Politics Poll: Support for stricter gun laws hits all-time high

21:02  12 october  2017
21:02  12 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

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Interestingly, gun control advocacy hit its all time high in 1959, according to this poll . And the poll also notes that 49 percent of Americans want stricter gun control laws than what's on the books now.

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Support among American voters for stricter gun control laws has reached an all-time high, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Sixty percent of respondents say that support tightening gun laws, while 36 percent said they are opposed to doing so. Still, support for stricter gun control tops the previous high - 54 percent - recorded in a June Quinnipiac poll.

Support for banning devices that allow gun owners to modify semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons is even higher, at 73 percent, according to the new poll. Twenty-five percent of voters oppose prohibiting such devices, commonly called bump stocks.

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As for enacting stricter gun laws in the country, 52 percent of respondents are in favor of the measure, with 42 percent opposed. This is the highest level of support ever recorded for this question. "The people have spoken time and again, but nothing changes," Malloy said. Popular Video.

A majority of voters who identify Republicans - 62 percent - believe that such modifications should be banned. An even greater percentage of voters who live in households where there is a gun favor outlawing the devices.

The poll, conducted Oct. 5-10, came amid a reignited national debate over gun control that emerged after a gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas music festival earlier this month.

The gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from his Las Vegas hotel room, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. Paddock had used bump stock-modified semi-automatic rifles to carry out the attack.

The mass shooting has prompted calls both Republican and Democratic lawmakers to ban bump stocks. The National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun advocacy group, has said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should use existing laws to regulate the devices.

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A CNN/ Time Magazine/ORC International poll also indicates that Americans generally favor stricter gun control and think that it is too easy to buy guns in this country, but they don't believe that stricter gun laws would reduce gun violence all by themselves.

Some lawmakers have also called to strengthen background checks for people seeking to purchase firearms.

Background checks have wide support among Americans at 94 percent, the Quinnipiac poll found. Even among those in gun-owning households, 93 percent are in favor of background checks.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents say they support a ban on the sale of assault weapons, as well as a prohibition on the sale of high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Some other polls have pegged support for stricter gun control measures higher than the Quinnipiac survey. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, for example, put support at 64 percent.

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