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Americans now favor stronger gun laws

WASHINGTON — Stronger gun laws are favored by 58 percent of Americans, the highest percentage in eight years, according to a national poll conducted after 20 young students and six teachers were gunned down in Newtown, Conn.

The results of the USA ­Today/Gallup poll released Thursday show 58 percent of respondents favor making laws that cover the sale of firearms more strict. That’s the highest level since 2004, when 60 percent favored stronger gun laws. Thirty-four percent called for weaker laws, the same level as in 2004.

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