Americans support tougher gun laws

The majority of Americans support stronger gun control policies, including gun owners and members of the National Rifle Association, a new survey has found.

More than 80% of respondents supported policies requiring
universal background checks for all gun sales and prohibiting the possession of guns by high-risk individuals, including those convicted of violating a domestic-violence restraining order or of a serious crime as a juvenile.

Support for banning the sale of military-style, semiautomatic assault weapons was at 69%.

Researchers said the results indicated a high level of support for policies to reduce US gun violence among those who owned guns and those who didn’t.

The survey took place in January several weeks after the December 14 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Read more at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health