- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2019

Americans support banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons by a margin of two-to-one, according to the results of a recent Fox News poll released Wednesday.

Conducted following back-to-back mass-shootings this month in Texas and Ohio, the survey asked 1,013 registered voters for their opinions on proposed gun control measures.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they favor banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, up from 60 percent when the same question was asked in March 2018.

A majority of Democrats surveyed — 86% — said they support banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, while nearly half of Republicans polled — 46% — answered in kind.

Voters on both sides of the spectrum showed support for another proposed gun control measure, however. Ninety percent of respondents said they favor requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers, including 92% of Democrats and 89% of Republicans.

The survey was conducted between Aug. 11-13, roughly a week since shooting sprees in El Paso and Dayton claimed the lives of 31 victims and injured dozens more. Semi-automatic weaponry was used in both.

A bill requiring universal background checks passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in February but has failed so far to be heard in the Republican-led Senate.

President Trump said Tuesday that he supports requiring “intelligence background checks” for gun purchases and said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, is “totally on board.”

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