AP Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

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A majority of Americans support rougher gun laws according to a new AP-GfK poll released Saturday.

About 3/4 of respondents say they would support stricter gun laws in light of recent high profile shootings. The percentage of Americans who support stricter laws is the highest since the AP-GfK poll started asking the question in 2013. The recent series of high profile shootings appears to have affected Americans’ sense of security.

A majority of the respondents say they fear a relative or loved one will be the victim of gun violence or a mass shooting.

A majority said they support a national approach to gun laws rather that state or local laws to address the increase in gun violence. Fifty-five percent of respondents say stricter gun laws do not infringe upon Second Amendment rights while 43 percent say they would.

The poll shows a large partisan divide, with 87 percent of Democrats saying they back stricter gun regulations, and 41 percent of Republicans say they would support stricter gun laws as well. Both Democrats and Republicans favor a background checks for guns purchased at gun shows and a ban on sales to people who are on the terror watch list.

The AP-GfK poll of 1,009 adults was conducted online between July 7- July 11 and has a 3.3 percent margin of error.