More than half of Americans support tougher gun controls, according to a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.
The results suggest the American public is becoming increasingly interested in the issue, as a bipartisan coalition of politicians and activists has come together in recent weeks to press for new laws and stricter rules on the manufacture and sale of firearms.
The poll also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans favor tighter gun laws, with more than four in 10 saying they are strongly opposed to a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
“The American people are clearly sick of being lied to about guns, and we have to get the facts and facts out to the American people,” Sen. Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection Countdown: Kavanaugh allegations put GOP in tough spot | Republicans start to pull plug on candidates | Dems get early start in Iowa | O’Rourke defends Cruz after protesters interrupt dinner | Why Biden is the Democrat GOP most fears Bredesen says he won’t back Schumer for Senate Dem leaderTrump blasts GOP senators who refused to endorse Moore MORE (D-N.Y.) said at a press conference Friday.
“It is a time for action.”
A total of 472,000 Americans participated in the poll, conducted on Dec. 12 and 13, and while the margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points, the margin is statistically significant.
Among the top priorities for the American electorate in 2017 was keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals, the poll found.
The overwhelming majority, 69 percent, said that banning guns from people on the no-fly list, which allows people to be put on a no-go list, would be a good idea.
Sixty-three percent of Americans, or 9 percent, believe that requiring gun buyers to undergo background checks should be a mandatory requirement for all gun purchases.
Sixty-four percent of the public, or 12 percent, disagreed.
More than four out of five Americans also said it would be bad for the country to allow people to carry guns in public, and half of them supported a federal ban on high-caliber weapons.
Support for a ban was higher among women, white people and people who live in rural areas.
The poll was conducted before a gunman opened fire at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 children and six adults.
The public has grown increasingly concerned about gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.
The mass shooting prompted President Barack Obama Barack Hussein ObamaThe politics of not talking about race Obama makes first solo campaign stop in Pennsylvania Senate race Obama to visit Ohio amid 2020 push for governor MORE to call for tougher gun regulations and legislation that would make it easier to obtain guns.