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POLL: Support for Gun Control Is Lowest since 2016

By: Teresa Mull

Support for more stringent gun control has dropped in the United States, according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup reports:

Americans are less likely than they have been since 2016 to call for increased gun control. The latest majority (57%) in the U.S. who call for stricter laws covering the sale of firearms marks a seven-percentage-point decline since last year. At the same time, 34% of U.S. adults prefer that gun laws be kept as they are now, while 9% would like them to be less strict.

As unrest continues to plague our country, Americans are buying firearms and ammunition at a record pace. As a Biden-Harris White House become more likely, people are stocking up even more.

“Gun sales in 2020 reached a record high ahead of Election Day after maintaining an unprecedented pace for most of the year,” reports CNN. Sales were up 60 percent compared to this time last year.

The Gallup poll also revealed that only 25 percent of Americans support a handgun ban, marking “the lowest [support] on record in Gallup's 40-year trend.”

Most people polled (60 percent) said they own a gun for personal defense. View the entire poll and its results here.

Teresa Mull (teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.

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