On Wednesday, the Center for Public Opinion, part of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, released the results of a survey of 1,000 people across the country on gun ownership and gun control measures. More than three out of four respondents favor “a requirement of more-through background checks prior to gun purchases, including in-depth psychological exams, and for closing the “gun-hole loophole” that allows purchases at gun shows without the same types of background checks with other gun sales.”
Seventy-eight percent were in favor of increased background checks, while eighty percent favored closing the gun show loophole. Sixty percent of respondents support bans on the sales of assault weapons.
The margin for error is 3.7 percentage points.
“The most striking finding in this survey is that the public appears to be far more supportive of reforming our gun laws than Congress appears willing or able to respond,” Associate Prof. Joshua Dyck said. He is co-director of the Center.