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A poll released over the weekend indicated that Americans don't want new gun laws — they want better enforcement of laws that are on the books. It also suggested that they don't actually know what laws exist. Which made us wonder: How would we do?

Conducted on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, the poll found that voters preferred better enforcement of gun laws to new regulations by 50 to 43 percent. The problem is that some of those laws they wanted enforced — like "people on the no-fly list can't buy guns" — don't exist. (That one, by the way, is in part because the NRA lobbied against depriving suspected terrorists of their right to own a gun.)

So how well do you know the existing gun laws? We took some of the poll questions and data from the FBI and put together the following quiz. Click your choice to reveal the answer.

1. When you buy a gun at a gun show, do you need to undergo a background check?

a. Yes, always.
b. Yes, in some states.
c. No.

2. If someone buys a lot of ammunition over a short period of time, must the seller inform the government?

a. No.
b. If the ammunition is of certain types, yes.
c. Yes, if the purchase exceeds 1,000 rounds.

3. True or false: The day with the most requests for background checks from the FBI — indicating the most firearm sales — was September 12, 2001.

a. True.
b. False.

4. How many people on the terrorist watch list have actually sought and received permits to buy weapons?

a. Zero.
b. Fewer than 100.
c. More than 1,000.

5. What percentage of FBI permit-seekers had applications rejected because of domestic violence-related convictions or restraining orders?

a. About 15 percent.
b. Under five percent.
c. None; that's not a reason for the FBI to reject an application.

6. Which of the following states had the most permit applications in March 2013?

a. California.
b. Kentucky.
c. Texas.

7. What's the second-least common reason for a firearm permit application to be denied?

a. The applicant was an unlawful immigrant.
b. The applicant had mental health problems.
c. The applicant was dishonorably discharged from the military.

8. How many people failed FBI background checks between 1998 and 2013 because they were fugitives from justice?

a. Zero.
b. About 1,000.
c. About 100,000.


How'd you do? Share your score in the comments.

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