Support for stricter gun laws drops 5% reaching lowest point since 2014: Gallup

Support for stricter gun laws drops 5% reaching lowest point since 2014: Gallup

Supreme Court takes up significant gun rights case 00:00 00:0006:37GO LIVE Facebook Twitter Email Embed SpeedNormal Autoplay A new poll shows that support for stricter gun control laws has dropped in the United States . Americans’ support for stricter gun control laws, according to Gallup , has fallen five percentage points since last year down to 52% which is the lowest reading since 2014. FILE – In a May 16, 2006 file photo, rifles line a hunting store’s shelves in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday, May 1, 2020 that Canada is banning the use and trade of assault-style weapons immediately. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) Additionally, the poll shows that 35% of U.S. adults believe that firearm sale laws should be kept as they currently are and only 11% believe in tightening them further. Gallup notes that the decline in desire for stricter gun laws this year was driven by a 15% drop among independents while Democrats’ desire for stricter laws rose 6 points to 91%. Gallup has tracked support for a ban on handgun possession since 1980 and found that only 19% of Americans support that restriction which represents an all-time low. “Americans’ support for stricter gun laws has typically risen in the aftermath of high-profile mass shootings and fallen during periods without such events,” Gallup explained. “Changes in the party occupying the White House may also influence preferences for gun laws. Generally, the public favors stricter laws when Republicans are in office and less […]

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