A poll of National Rifle Association members conducted by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group had some surprising results. As reported by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne: "82 percent of NRA members supported 'prohibiting people on the terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns.' Sixty-nine percent favored 'requiring all gun sellers at gun shows to conduct criminal background checks of the people buying guns,' and 78 percent backed 'requiring gun owners to alert police if their guns are lost or stolen.'" And 69 percent of NRA members polled had a problem with the Tiahrt amendment, agreeing with the statement: "The federal government should not restrict the police's ability to access, use and share data that helps them enforce federal, state and local gun laws."Noting the poll, the New York Times editorialized: "If only poll-addicted members of Congress dared to heed gun owners unfiltered by the gun lobby."
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