Public Support for More Gun Control is at a Record Low

Published by the Author on October 12, 2009 at 12:01 pm > Gun Related News > Public Support for More Gun Control is at a Record Low

A Gallup poll found that public support for new gun control laws is at an all time low:

PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup finds a new low of 44% of Americans saying the laws covering firearm sales should be made more strict. That is down 5 points in the last year and 34 points from the high of 78% recorded the first time the question was asked, in 1990. Today, Americans are as likely to say the laws governing gun sales should be kept as they are now (43%) as to say they should be made more strict. Until this year, Gallup had always found a significantly higher percentage advocating stricter laws. At the same time, 12% of Americans believe the laws should be less strict.

The poll also shows a new low in the percentage of Americans favoring a ban on handgun possession except by the police and other authorized persons, a question that dates back to 1959. Only 28% now favor such a ban. The high point in support for a handgun-possession ban was 60% in the initial measurement in 1959.

Also encouraging, this poll found that each major demographic has individually shown a shift toward a more pro-gun stance. The full results of the Gallup poll can be seen here.

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My thanks to Anders for pointing out this poll.

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  • Lynda

    Yes, there is absolutely no reason to further hamper the people's 2nd Amendment rights. Enough laws already on the books to cover any contingency. But the government is going to try curbs and bans anyway. We must be aware of all their tricks re ammunition, etc. Ever vigilant!