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AP Poll: Support grows among Americans for stricter gun laws

3 months 4 days 9 hours ago July 23, 2016 Jul 23, 2016 Saturday, July 23 2016 July 23, 2016 8:31 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Americans increasingly favor making gun laws tougher by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months. But it also shows pessimism that change will happen anytime soon.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with majorities favoring nationwide bans on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons and on the sale of high-capacity magazines.

The percentage of Americans who want such laws was the highest since the AP-GfK poll started asking the question in 2013, a survey taken about 10 months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children and six educators.

The latest AP-GfK Poll was conducted over four days in early July.

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