A majority of Americans support a broad range of gun control policies, including bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, according to a poll from Pew Research Center released Monday.
The poll showed 55 percent support an assault weapons ban, while 54 percent favor a prohibition on high-capacity clips. Support is even wider for other proposals, such as background checks for private and gun show sales (85 percent), a federal database to track gun sales (67 percent) and a ban on semi-automatic weapons (58 percent).
But Pew also showed strong support for a proposal from the National Rifle Association that drew the ire of many gun control advocates. According to Monday’s poll, 64 percent of Americans support putting armed officers in schools — a sharp contrast to the findings of a survey last week from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling.
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