Although most Americans think the number of gun crimes has risen, the U.S. gun homicide rate has actually stabilized somewhat in recent years.
The public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, as well as laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns.
In December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say protecting gun rights (52%) is more important than controlling gun ownership (46%).
Surveys have found a shift in gun policy attitudes over time. Here's a look at how public opinion on the subject is measured.
Support for gun rights has edged up from earlier this year, and marks a shift in attitudes since shortly after the Newtown school shootings. For the first time in our surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control.
Americans with young children in their home are just as likely as other adults to have a gun in their household.
#5: 37% of adults reported having a gun in their household in 2013.
Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or […]
In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.
After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters -- that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.