Percent Support Stricter Gun Laws After Vegas Massacre

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A number of specific proposals garner significant public support, with more than eight in 10 voters backing required background checks on all gun sales (88 percent), preventing sales of all firearms to people who have been reported as risky to law enforcement by a mental-health provider (87 percent), making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks (84 percent), preventing those convicted of violent misdemeanors from buying guns (83 percent) and barring gun purchases by those on the federal "no fly" or terrorist watch lists (82 percent).

Sixty percent of respondents in the poll said they support tightening gun laws, while 36 percent said they are opposed to doing so.

Seventy-seven percent said they support requiring all gun owners to store their firearms in a safe storage unit, 59 percent said they would back a monthly limit of one gun purchase per month and 69 percent said they want limits on ammunition sales.

In addition, 73 percent favored banning bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic weapons to fire more like automatic ones.

Following reports that Paddock had used a bump stock to increase his weapon's rate of fire, several Republican lawmakers, called for the regulation of bump stocks, a sentiment the NRA echoed in the week after the shooting.

Background checks have wide support among Americans at 94 percent, the Quinnipiac poll found.

Almost 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. The poll surveyed 1,996 registered voters, and the margin of error for the data on GOP voters is plus or minus four percentage points.

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