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Aaron Gould Sheinin

AJC poll: Georgians split on guns, but not when it comes to terrorism

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FILE -- In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. While the guns look similar, the bottom version is illegal in California because of its quick reload capabilities. Omar Mateen used an AR-15 that he purchased legally when he killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend President Barack Obama and other gun control advocates have repeatedly called for reinstating a federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004, but have been thwarted by Republicans in Congress. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

FILE — In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

Georgia has seen its share of policy fights over guns the past several years, from a successful effort to expand the places legally carried became law in 2014, to legislation Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed this year to add college campuses to that list of places.

So, it should come as little surprise that Georgians remain torn over other issues related to guns.

gun-pollA new poll The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released this week found Georgians split on whether the U.S. should ban the sale of assault weapons, with 48 percent favoring and 47 percent opposing. Five percent said they didn’t know.

There is more support, however, for legal possession of firearms for personal defense. Fifty-seven percent of poll respondents said we should encourage more people to legally carry guns.

When linked to terrorism, however, Georgians have stronger feelings about limiting access to weapons. A whopping 75 percent of the poll’s respondents support blocking people from buying guns if they appear on an FBI list of people with possible connections to terrorism.

The wide-ranging poll questioned registered Georgia voters about the presidential and U.S. Senate races, and much more. Look for a full story on the results about guns and terrorism early next week.

You can read more about how the poll was conducted here and take an interactive look at all the results and crosstabs here.