Poll: Plurality back state, local laws blocking federal gun control

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The shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, rekindled the national debate over gun control and spawned a host of measures in Congress, including proposals to expand background checks and to bar certain military-style assault weapons.

Those efforts have faltered though with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) pulling a comprehensive gun control package last month after an amendment to expand background checks to all gun show and online sales failed to receive 60 votes.

But the push has invited opposition from the nation’s gun lobby and pro-gun rights lawmakers across the country. At least 28 states took up consideration of laws to exempt themselves from new federal restrictions.

Most recently, Kansas enacted a law prohibiting the federal regulation of any “Made in Kansas” guns that never cross state lines and, the state argues, are not subjected to the Interstate Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution.

The law drew swift rebuke from U.S. Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderFBI director defends agency after Trump attacks: It's an 'honor to represent you' FBI agents fire back at Trump: Saying we're not dedicated is 'simply false' Holder hits back at Trump: The FBI’s reputation is not in 'tatters' MORE who called the Kansas law unconstitutional and threatened litigation.

Neither side has definitive support from the public, according to the Rasmussen survey.

The poll included a survey of 1,000 likely voters late last week and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.