FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. A new poll shows a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe schools and places of worship have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research both before and after last week’s mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

March 23, 2019 - 9:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe schools and places of worship have become less safe over the last two decades.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey included interviews conducted before and after this month's mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand.

The poll finds 67 percent of Americans support making the nation's gun laws stricter, while 22 percent say they should be left as they are. Another 10 percent think they should be made less strict.

Although a majority of Americans consistently say they support stronger gun laws, few changes have taken place in years. That's in contrast to New Zealand, which acted swiftly after the mass shooting that shocked a nation not used to gun violence.

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