Poll: 53 Percent Of Americans Oppose Stricter Gun Control Laws

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — A new poll finds that a majority of Americans oppose stricter gun control laws.

A Rasmussen Reports survey shows that 53 percent of Americans oppose stricter gun laws, which is the highest level of opposition in the past two years. Only 40 percent believe the U.S. needs stronger gun laws.

The poll indicated it was the first time since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that a majority of Americans opposed tougher gun control laws.

The calls for gun control peaked following the December 2012 Newtown school shooting where Adam Lanza gunned down 26 people, including 20 children.

A bi-partisan bill – backed by President Barack Obama – failed in the Senate early last year that would have had stricter background checks on buying guns.

Following the shooting, several school districts across the nation have begun arming guards.

Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters from March 26-27.

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