Support for stricter gun laws declines

Support for stricter gun laws has continued to drop since the start of 2018 in a new Gallup poll. For the sixth consecutive time, those who believe gun laws should remain as they are…

Support for stricter gun laws declines

Support for stricter gun laws has continued to drop since the start of 2018 in a new Gallup poll. For the sixth consecutive time, those who believe gun laws should remain as they are now have outnumbered those who support stricter laws.

The poll found that just 43 percent of Americans believe stricter gun laws are needed, down 5 percentage points from the 52 percent who felt this way in September of 2017. Support for maintaining current laws was slightly higher at 46 percent.

Support for a law that would prohibit people on the government’s terrorist watch list from purchasing guns dropped three percentage points from March to April this year, Gallup found. Support for the current law for gun buyers went down as well, to 67 percent from 72 percent.

While concern about gun ownership has waned, the political and generational divide continues to grow. The poll found that 58 percent of Republicans believe stricter gun laws are needed, a 3 percentage point drop from last month.

Sixty-four percent of Democrats support stricter gun laws, nearly unchanged from the 65 percent Gallup found last month.

While 82 percent of people 65 and older believe gun laws should be stricter, only 66 percent of those under 30 believe that.

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