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Most Americans Want More Gun Laws

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Semi-automatic weapons for sale at Texas Gun, one of the 6,700 gun dealers located near the 2,000 miles long U.S.-Mexico border in San Antonio, June 17 2009

In a post-Newtown world, Americans are hoping to make some firearms a little harder to get. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that a majority of Americans favor gun control measures such as banning assault weapons and expanding background checks for those who buy weapons and ammunition. Support for banning high-capacity ammunition magazines is at a new high, with 65 percent in favor, and 51 percent agree with the NRA's suggestion of armed guards in schools, though more people view the group's leadership unfavorably.