Last year, I mentioned how the 2009 Gallup’s annual Crime Poll showed record low support for stricter gun control laws. The same poll conducted this year broke that record, showing even lower support for stricter gun control:
Americans’ support for stricter gun control laws has gradually declined over the last two decades, from 78% when this question was first asked in 1990 to 49% in 2008, and 44% in 2009 and again this year. As support for stricter gun laws has decreased, support for keeping gun laws as they are now has increased, from 17% in 1990 to 42% now. The percentage of Americans favoring less strict gun control laws has remained relatively stable over the last 20 years, and is now at 12%.
Americans are also less likely to say there should be a law banning the possession of handguns except by the police and other authorized persons. The current 29% who favor such a law is within one percentage point of the low of 28% recorded last year, down from 60% when Gallup first asked this question in 1959 — the only time when a majority favored such a ban. Support has been below 40% every year since 1993.
Taken together with the tremendous increase in concealed carry rights in recent years, I would say that this good news indeed. However, law abiding gun owners should not become complacent. We still have an anti-gun president and well funded anti-gun groups who would like nothing more than to roll back the progress that we have made on the pro-gun-rights front.