• 56% want stricter laws; 31% kept as they are now
  • Americans believe guns make homes safer rather than more dangerous
  • Steady 44% live in gun households

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup’s latest update on Americans’ opinions on gun laws finds a majority continuing to favor strengthening those laws. Fifty-six percent of U.S. adults say gun laws should be stricter, while 31% believe they should be kept as they are now and 12% favor less strict gun laws.

These attitudes, collected before last week’s mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, are unchanged from a year ago, but they reflect less support for stricter laws than in June 2022 (66%) after the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting.

Majorities have consistently favored stricter gun laws since 2015, with notable spikes in that view after prominent shootings such as in Uvalde and Parkland, Florida, in 2018.

Gallup first asked Americans about their preferences for gun laws using the current wording in 1990. Since then, majorities have typically called for stricter laws, including a high of 78% in the initial September […]

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