New Poll Measures How Americans Feel About Different Gun Restrictions

A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans support increased background checks for gun purchases, but fewer support a ban on assault-style weapons or magazines themselves.

The latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll found 89 percent of respondents supported increased mental health funding, whil 83 percent supported background checks for private and gun show sales.

A smaller majority, 57 percent, supported a ban on semi-automatic weapons and 61 percent supported a ban on high-capacity magazines.

72 percent supported a national “red flag” law aimed at keeping guns out of potentially dangerous hands, while only 37 percent supported a law that would allow school teachers to carry guns.