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Pew: Over 80 Percent Of Americans Support Gun Background Checks

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File photo of a gun convention attendee looking at a weapon equipped with a silencer. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a gun convention attendee looking at a weapon equipped with a silencer. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new Pew Research study suggests that 81 percent of Americans support background checks for gun sales.

Conversely, only 17 percent stated to survey takers that they are against measures that would enforce background checks for both private purchases of guns and transactions made at conventions.

Even though lawmakers voted down federal gun legislation in April, most Americans still feel that Senate should, if given the opportunity, vote in favor more stringent laws in regards to background checks for gun purchases – 73 percent in all, according to a release on the new study.

But despite gun background check measures having support from the majority of those in the United States, over half of the nation feels it is not likely that Senate will approve such legislation if it gets reintroduced.

The rift between overall support for gun control and support specifically for the recently voted-down legislation could be part of the reason for the lack of American confidence in future legislative gun control prospects.

“A wide majority of Americans would like to see the Manchin-Toomey bill, which failed to garner sufficient votes in the Senate a few weeks ago, to ultimately succeed,” the release noted. “Yet even at 73 percent, support for a new background checks bill falls short of the 81 percent who favor expanded background checks in general.”

Pew researchers first noticed an ideological shift in the United States after the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. where 26 people – including 20 children – lost their lives at the hand of gunman Adam Lanza.

In December, the number of Americans in support of gun control trumped the amount of those in favor of gun rights for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

Now, the number of gun rights advocates is again rising though, Pew’s polling suggests.

The survey was conducted from May 1 to May 5, and involved polling 1,504 American adults from around the country as to their feelings on gun policy.

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