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MU Poll: 52% of Wisconsinites favor assault weapons ban

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A Palmetto M4 assault rifle is seen at the Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo store in Parker, Colorado July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A Palmetto M4 assault rifle is seen at the Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo store in Parker, Colorado July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Majority Democrats in the U.S. Senate say they will not include a ban on assault weapons as part of their gun control package. And that’s just fine with over 4 of every 10 Wisconsin voters polled on the subject recently.

A new Marquette Law School poll shows that 43 percent of just over 1,000 registered voters opposed a ban on assault weapons – and 52 percent favored it.

Just over half of gun owners were against the ban. And in homes with no weapons, almost two-thirds supported the banning of assault weapons.

The poll showed that more Wisconsinites agree with the idea of expanding background checks to include buyers at gun shows, as well as private gun sales. 81 percent favored the universal background checks, and just 18 percent were against it.

The poll was conducted March 11th through 14th. About 3 of every 10 people surveyed were from Milwaukee, so the poll could gauge public sentiment on local issues there.

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