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Most of Public Wants the Assault Weapons Ban Extended; So Do Half of NRA Households

Most Americans, including those who have guns in their homes, want to see the ten-year-old ban on assault weapons extended. And even though the National Rifle Association’s leadership is intensely opposed to renewal, about half of those with an NRA member in their household support continuing the ban, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

The ban expires on September 13, and Republican leaders in Congress do not plan to bring an extension up for a vote. But 71 percent of the public and 64 percent of those with a gun in their home want it extended. Among respondents with an NRA member in their household, 46 percent favored extending the ban and 49 percent were opposed. The difference between 46 and 49 percent was within the survey’s margin of sampling error.