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New Poll indicates majority back tighter gun control measures

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

When it comes to stricter legislation on gun control, a majority of Americans agree more should be done.

In the month since the tragedy in Newtown, CT, the debate over gun control continues to dominate headlines with strong opinions on both sides.

Charlottean Monique Christian believes more should be done.

"It's just too easy to purchase a gun," she said. "If we crack down on it, it may be a little bit safer."

A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center released Monday appears to indicate more Americans feel like Christian.

In fact, 85 percent of folks surveyed support universal background checks on guns bought at private sales and or gun shows.

"They should have nothing to hide," said Christian. "I mean if they need to check backgrounds they should to make sure that anybody out there that shouldn't be purchasing a gun doesn't."

Even more telling, an equal number of Democrats and Republican also support a push for closing the loopholes on background checks.

Despite the bipartisan support, folks like Bill Gechtman, another Charlotte resident, still aren't so  sure.

"I'm conflicted in the that I really believe in the right to bear arms, but on the other hand it makes a marginally, or maybe more than marginally dangerous country," he said.

But Americans are nearly split -- 51 percent to 45 percent on controlling gun ownership over protecting gun rights.

Also, in the poll: 54 percent support a ban on assault style weapons.

Gechtman takes issue with that, too.

"I don't know how you could actually outlaw assault weapons without outlawing hunting rifles unless you're doing it as a political point as opposed to actually trying to solve the problem," he said.

With President Obama expected to review new recommendations on gun control Tuesday, it seems the debate won't be dying down any time soon.

The Pew Research center surveyed more than 1,500 adults by phone between January 9-13 of this year for these results.

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