Poll: Broad Support For New Gun Restrictions After Newtown

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January 14, 2013 12:38 p.m.

A broad majority of Americans favor new gun regulations in the wake of the Newtown massacre, a new poll released Monday by the Washington Post and ABC News finds. The poll showed broad support for a range of new restrictions on purchasing guns that have been talked about over the last few weeks. 

On the issue of assault weapons, 58 percent of respondents said they supported a ban while 39 percent opposed one. 

A full 88 percent of respondents favored requiring background checks at gun shows, a current loophole that allows people to buy guns without a check, while just 11 percent were against the idea. Respondents also favored background checks for buying fun ammunition 76 percent to 22 percent. 

Overall, 52 percent said the Newtown shootings made them more supportive of gun laws while just 5 percent said they were now less likely to support new laws. Fifty-five percent said they would support a law that put an armed guard in every school, however.

The poll, conducted Jan. 10-13, surveyed 1,001 adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

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