Majority of Americans back gun-control measures after Connecticut school shooting

Washington, Jan. 15 (ANI): A majority of Americans favor gun control measures such as banning assault weapons and expanding background checks on those who buy guns and ammunition, with support for banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, a new poll has found.

According to the ABC News/Washington Post Polls, nearly 88 percent favor background checks on firearms buyers at gun shows.

The poll found that 76 percent support checks on buyers of ammunition and 71 percent back a new federal database that would track all gun sales, ABC News reports.

Nearly 65 percent also support banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, the poll found.

Among other suggestions, 58 percent favor banning the sale of so-called assault weapons, 55 percent support the National Rifle Association's call for armed guards in schools and 51 percent would ban semi-automatic handguns.

Fifty-five percent in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, expressed worry about a mass shooting in their own communities, and 52 percent said that the Newtown shootings have made them more likely to support some forms of gun control, the report added. (ANI)

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