Just 52 per cent of Americans think laws surrounding the purchase of firearms should be stricter, down from 67 per cent in March 2018 and at its lowest point since 2014. Attitudes towards gun laws have fluctuated in recent years, partly in response to the party of the sitting president but also as a reaction to major mass shootings. The highest number of Americans wanting stricter firearm laws was 78 per cent in 1990 under President George H.W. Bush, when Gallup began polling on the topic. The lowest point was 43 per cent in 2011 under President Obama.
Percentage of Americans that feel the laws covering sales of firearms should be stricter