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Most NRA members support comprehensive background checks: poll

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Most National Rifle Association (NRA) members support comprehensive background checks for firearms purchases, according to a new poll.

The Monmouth University poll released Thursday found that 69 percent support background checks.

The poll also found that 78 percent of gun owners who are not members of the NRA also support comprehensive background checks. Nearly 9-in-10 non-gun owners support required background checks.

“There is widespread public support for background checks and even establishing a national gun registry. This includes most gun owners, unless they are affiliated with the NRA,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Trump has said he supports universal background checks, but last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump supports "not necessarily universal background checks, but certainly improving the background check system.”

Most non-gun owners support establishing a national gun registry. Only 31 percent of NRA members support a registry, according to the poll.

When it comes to Trump's role in the gun debate, Americans were split. Nearly half (49 percent) said they don't trust Trump to do the right thing on gun policy, while 46 percent said they do trust him.

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