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Poll shows majority of Utahns support more gun buyer background checks

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 13:38:27-05

SALT LAKE CITY - A new poll shows the majority of Utahns surveyed, 76 percent, want expanded background checks for gun buyers.

UtahPolicy.com conducted the poll with hundreds of Utah residents a few weeks ago with a 4 percent margin of error.

Courtesy: UtahPolicy.com

However, Clark Aposhian, president of the Utah Shooting Sports Council and noted gun rights advocate has a differing opinion about the poll.

He said he thinks the survey is pointless because he believes there are already plenty of laws in place to check buyers before they are able to purchase firearms.

Aposhian, along with Utah's elected representatives and many other conservatives, say what President Obama announced Tuesday is an abuse of executive action.

Some say he is sidestepping the nation's elected officials and voice of the people; that these are "feel good" measures and this is not the way to stop any kind of violent crime, in particular gun crimes.