Support for Gun Control Drops as Sales Skyrocket

A new poll indicates support for stricter gun control laws fell significantly as Americans flocked to gun stores at a record pace in 2020.

Support for stricter gun laws fell by 7 percentage points from 2019, according to a poll released by Gallup on Monday. The drop comes as gun sales soar; 2020 has already set an all-time buying record with about 40 percent of sales going to first-time owners, according to industry estimates.

The combination of record gun sales and depressed support for gun control measures could signal trouble for potential actions by Joe Biden, who expressed support for a wide range of new restrictions during his presidential campaign. He advocated for a ban on online ammunition and gun sales, which skyrocketed during the pandemic, as well as expanded FBI background checks on private sales. His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), publicly supported the confiscation of AR-15s and other firearms during her presidential run, while Biden embraced a ban on new sales of the popular firearms, as well as many common magazines.

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