Majority of voters support gun control measures: poll

Majority of voters support gun control measures: poll

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WASHINGTON — A Morning Consult/POLITICO poll released Wednesday shows that a majority of voters support stricter gun control laws in the wake of last week’s shooting in Las Vegas, including multiple measures that Congress is unlikely to consider.

According to the poll, 64 percent at least somewhat support stricter gun laws.

This includes 77 percent who believe in establishing a national database of gun purchases, a proposed change that the National Rifle Association (NRA) forcefully opposes).

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.

While there may be broad support for new measures, 26 percent believe Congress has a “good” or “excellent” chance while 38 percent said chances were “poor.”

Twenty-five percent said chances were “fair” while 11 percent had no opinion.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at prohibiting bump fire stocks  devices used by the Las Vegas shooter to enable his weapons to fire faster.

The National Rifle Association has advocated for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review existing regulations on the devices.

According to the poll, 79 percent support banning bump fire stocks.

The poll was conducted among 1,996 voters between Thursday and Monday. There is a margin of error of +/- 2 percent.

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