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NRA tactics lead gun owners to think universal background checks are already law

• Stephen C. Webster via The

A recent poll reveals that most Americans who say no new gun laws are needed have very little clue as to what the nation’s gun laws actually are, much to the dismay of liberals pushing for sweeping reforms in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

The survey, summarized in Sunday’s New York Times by President Barack Obama’s top pollster, found that a majority of the roughly 50 percent of Americans who say no new gun laws are needed also support universal background checks and limiting magazine size — two measures that are not currently on the books.

The results additionally found that most who voiced opposition to new gun laws were also unaware that people on the nation’s terrorist watch list can still purchase firearms legally.

All respondents put together, the poll found an overwhelming majority of Americans — 90 percent — favor requiring background checks for every single gun purchased, either from a private individual or a licensed dealer. A further 59 percent favor banning assault rifles, and 50 percent said they support banning semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines.

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