NRA's rhetoric on gun "confiscation" appears to be working

A new poll shows that almost half of Americans believe universal background checks could lead to gun confiscation

Published April 4, 2013 1:24PM (EDT)

A new poll by Quinnipiac University finds that 48 percent of Americans believe that universal background checks will lead to gun confiscation -- a favorite talking point of the NRA. Despite this, 91 percent of those polled still favor the policy.

Fifty-three percent of gun owners believe universal background checks will lead to confiscation, according to the poll, as well as 61 percent of Republicans.

Meanwhile, debate over gun control legislation, including universal background checks, has been delayed in the Senate.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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