Support for Stricter Gun Laws in U.S. Falls to Lowest Ranking Since 2014: Poll

Americans' support for stricter gun laws has dropped to the lowest level since 2014, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Gallup, found that 52 percent of Americans said they think that laws surrounding the sale of firearms should be more strict. The percentage of Americans supporting stricter gun laws is the lowest the poll has recorded since 2014, when less than 50 percent of respondents said they were in favor of stricter gun laws.

According to the poll, 35 percent of Americans said they believe that gun laws should remain the same while 11 percent said they think gun laws should be less strict.

The Gallup poll has been tracking Americans' views on gun laws since 1990 when 78 percent of people who responded said they supported stricter gun laws, the highest the poll has ever recorded.

The poll showed that after 2014, the support for stricter gun laws increased, with 67 percent of Americans saying they support stricter gun laws in 2018. However, after 2018, the support has since decreased over the past several years, dropping a total of 15 points from then until this year.

The poll found Democrats increasingly supporting stricter gun laws, while an opposite trend was recorded among Republicans. According to the poll, 91 percent of Democrats support stricter gun laws, an increase from last year's 85 percent. Among Republicans, the poll found 24 percent support stricter gun laws, while 56 percent were in favor of keeping them as they are now and 20 percent supported less strict laws.

The poll also found the support for a ban on handguns reaching a new low, as just 19 percent of respondents said they support such a ban. In 2020, 25 percent of poll respondents said they support a ban on handguns for regular citizens.

Gallup surveyed 823 U.S. adults from October 1 to October 19 and reported a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

A separate poll from Gallup found that an increasing number of Americans say they own guns for personal protection against crime. According to the poll, 88 percent of respondents said they own a gun for protection, an increase from 67 percent who said the same in 2005.

The poll's findings come amid an increase in the number of firearm background checks conducted by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS). According to data from the FBI's NICS there were over 39 million firearm background checks initiated in 2020. Comparatively, there were less than 30 million firearm background checks conducted in 2019.

Throughout 2021, the data showed that there have been around 33 million firearm background checks.

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According to a new Gallup poll, 52 percent of Americans say they support stricter gun laws, the lowest number since 2014. Above, assault rifles hang on the wall for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, on October 6, 2017. Jim Watson/Getty