Nearly 60 percent of Americans said they support stricter gun laws but majorities expressed opposition to bans on specific types of firearms, according to a poll from Gallup released on Thursday.
Fifty-eight percent said that laws "covering the sale of firearms" should be made more strict, while 34 percent said that no changes should be made and a mere 6 percent said that laws should be made less strict.
But while there's robust support for tighter gun control, the poll found majority opposition to bans on certain weapons. Fifty-one percent said they are opposed to a ban on semi-automatic weapons and 74 percent indicated that they oppose a ban on handguns. The poll showed wide support for a ban on high-capacity magazines: 62 percent said they favor a prohibition on such clips, which have the capability of containing more than 10 rounds.
Correction: This post has been updated to indicate that 62 percent support a ban on high-capacity magazines.