A new poll by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of gun owners support the creation of a federal database to track sales and background checks for private and gun show sales, among several other more broadly supported gun control measures.
The poll also found that there is wider support for several other proposals, including a ban on semi-automatic and assault-style weapons, a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and a ban of the online sale of ammunition.
"I think it might surprise some that gun owners are not uniformly against any kind of gun control," Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center, told NPR on Monday. "It's not that all gun owners see guns as a black and white issue."
Of the proposals that have been put forth since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December, gun advocates have argued against many of the legislative proposals put forward, while gun owners support many of them.
“While the issue of gun control remains divisive,” Pew analysts wrote, “there are clear areas of agreement when it comes to a number of gun policy proposals.”
Most notably, 85 percent of gun owners and 87 percent of non-owners who participated in the poll support background checks for private and gun show sales, 60 percent of owners and 74 percent of non-owners support a federal database to track gun sales, and 90 percent of owners and 76 percent of non-owners would like laws enacted to prevent mentally ill people from buying guns.
More than half of gun owners and non-owners also told pollsters they support bans on semi-automatic weapons, the online sale of ammunition online, and placing armed security guards or police in more schools.
Across the country, more than half of all respondents also support bans on assault-style weapons and high capacity ammunition clips.
Pew interviewed 1,502 adults between Jan. 9 and 13 for the poll, which has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
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