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Guns: Dems Promote Poll Showing 85 Percent of Missourians Want Universal Background Checks

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Representative Stacey Newman
The Missouri legislature is full of pro-gun, anti-gun control, keep-your-hands-off-my-guns GOP proposals this season -- everything from a bill to stop Obama to legislation criminalizing lawmakers who even suggest gun control. In this climate, Democrats' gun bills are getting nowhere.

But that doesn't mean there's not support for them. At least that's the message of Representative Stacey Newman, a Democrat who, alongside others in the state pushing for stricter gun policies, is promoting a poll this week that says most of Missourians favor universal background checks.

"This is good news," Newman tells Daily RFT. "Even here in Missouri, just like the rest of the country, people want common-sense policies."

How many people support background checks for all sales?

The poll, from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national coalition promoting stricter gun policy, says that 85 percent of Missouri residents want gun buyers to pass a criminal background check.

As we've reported, Newman has proposed a bill this session that would eliminate a loophole in background checks in the state, similar to initiatives around the country. Currently, licensed dealers must submit paperwork, but private sales, one that happen online for example, don't require these criminal checks.

"We know that on the national level, 90 percent of gun owners...support this," she says. "Everybody says, 'But what about Missouri?'"

This latest research, she argues, makes it clear most residents are on board.

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Pollster Doug Schoen, of Schoen LLC, polled 600 Missouri voters between February 18 and 21 and the results, a news release notes, have a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Continue for more details on the poll and the full announcement.


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Catherine Claire
Catherine Claire

Is the government going to make background checks public and free in order to facilitate this legislation? Huge loss of income, if they do!

Derek Parker
Derek Parker

How would private sales be regulated? Has anyone contemplated the logistics of that? It is near impossible, and I have yet to hear a solution that would work.

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

Bradley is right, if you want it ... then it's not an effort to get it now is it?

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

"well I didn't know he was a criminal, I didn't run a background check"

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

if only they were as worried about keeping criminals behind bars. but, then...who would they have to vote for them?

Bradley Hardin
Bradley Hardin

Universal checks should mean just that, checks on any gun sales or transfers, even among private individuals. But it probably won't though. Saying it won't do any good is not an argument, it's designed to shut down any discussion. Post facts to back it up.......and not from pro-gun or anti-gun groups. The argument that it makes it harder for legal sales is ridiculous, getting or selling a gun shouldn't be easy. If you can't take the small amount of time to make sure the gun is going to someone who has the right to own, you are just being irresponcible and lazy.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

100%, and insurance also, just like a vehicle. Close all loopholes....

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

if I buy a car, I am supposed to title and register it into my name. Why should a gun be different? With gun ownership comes great responsiblity and accountablity. Keep the lawless attitudes and eventually someone WILL come and want to disarm you!

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

No. It's already illegal to transfer a gun to a prohibited person. Mandatory background checks just complicate life for law abiding citizens, tie up law enforcement resources, and create revenue for FFLs. I'd rather have the cops spend their time fighting crime instead of investigating me and my neighbor if he wants to buy my deer rifle.

Derek Parker
Derek Parker

You can't buy a gun from a store WITHOUT a background check already. Do people really not know this?

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

Its a waste of money. It won't weed out legal gun owners who might lose it one day on someone. And someone who won't pass the check will buy a gun illegally.

Meg Ante
Meg Ante

I haven't really heard or read any good argument against it. If there is one, by all means, someone can educate me.

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