41% of Americans Think the United States Already Has Universal Gun Background Checks, Survey Shows

A majority of Americans support stronger gun laws, but much of the public seems misinformed about the rules currently on the books. That’s the conclusion of a new survey by Yale University researchers Benjamin Miller and Peter Aronow, whose study shows that while 53 percent of respondents favor stricter gun regulation, 41 percent believe the federal government already requires universal background checks for gun purchases. There is no such law, and Aronow and Miller believe that the misconception could be reducing pressure on politicians to pass stricter gun laws.

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