Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
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Record-Low Support for Stricter Gun Control

For the second year in a row, a record-low 44 percent of
Americans say laws governing the sale of firearms should be made
more strict, while 42 percent say gun laws should be kept as they
are now. Twelve percent say gun laws should be made less

In the U.S., 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%.

These results are based on Gallup’s annual Crime Poll, conducted
Oct. 7-10, 2010.

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.

Democrats, Liberals Most in Favor of Stricter Gun

The most significant differences in support for stricter gun laws
are along political lines. More than 6 in 10 Democrats and liberals
favor stricter gun laws-compared with 31% of conservatives, and 26%
of Republicans.

Other groups expressing greater-than-average support for stricter
gun laws include women, those living in the East, nonwhites, those
with postgraduate educations, and those living in households
without guns.

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