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Survey: Nearly Everyone Wants More Gun Control, Including Gun Owners

A new survey found that a majority of Americans, gun owners included, support a wide range of gun-control policies, such as temporarily removing guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others and universal background checks for handgun purchases.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted the online survey as part of a public opinion polling project that first began in 2013. This year’s version polled more than 1,600 adults across the country, including 600 gun owners, on their support for more than two dozen gun-control policies that politicians, pundits, and experts have proposed should be enacted or expanded on a national level. The findings were published in the journal Health Affairs.

Among other things, the survey found that most people want policies like universal background checks before someone can buy a handgun (88 percent) or requirements to lock up guns in the home when not in use. A majority of people also supported so-called “red flag” gun laws that would allow police (76 percent) or family members (80 percent) petition the courts to remove guns from people deemed to be an imminent threat.

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