According to the latest polling from Gallup, Americans have mixed feelings about guns and gun ownership. While they generally believe that people should have a right to own a gun, they are also in favor of certain forms of gun control.

Currently, 67% of Americans are in favor of more strict gun control, while only 4% of the population believes that gun laws should be less strict. 28% of people believe that gun laws should be kept as they are.

When asked specifically what forms of gun control they are in favor, 92% of Americans favor increased background checks so that they are required for all gun sales. 68% of people think that the minimum age for purchasing a gun should be increased from 18 to 21, and 56% support the banning of semiautomatic assault weapons, such as the AR-15.

At the same time, Americans are split over whether the government should implement new gun control laws or whether they should better enforce existing ones. Only 51% of the population is in favor of new gun control laws, while 47% want the current laws to be better enforced. Americans are also wary of the effectiveness of gun control laws. 58% of Americans believe that new gun control laws would have little or no effect on gun violence, while only 41% believe that such laws would have some or a significant effect on gun violence.

Americans also strongly believe that people should be able to own a gun. 71% of Americans oppose the banning of all handguns apart from those belonging to law enforcement and others authorized to carry them. Interestingly, this number has increased greatly from the time Gallup first polled the question in 1959. Back then, 60% of Americans favored banning handguns, but in the succeeding years this number has steadily decreased, and support for banning handguns has remained low in recent years, in spite of the state of mass shootings.

In terms of the politics of guns, 44% of Americans believe that the Republican Party does a better job on the issue of guns and gun control, while 38% believe that Democrats do a better job on the issue. 14% believe that neither party does a good job on this issue. Also, guns and gun control play a big role in how people vote. 24% of voters will only vote for a candidate who shares their views on guns, and 61% consider it an important factor in making their choice. Only 12% of Americans think that guns are not an important issue when voting.

Americans further generally support the National Rifleman’s Association (NRA). The controversial group has the support of 53% of Americans, while 42% have an unfavorable opinion of it.

Finally, gun ownership in America remains high. According to Gallup, 43% of Americans currently own a gun, while 55% do not. The polling organization has been asking this question since 1991, and the level of gun ownership has remained fairly constant, ranging between 36% and 49%.

According to the latest polling from Gallup, Americans have mixed feelings about guns and gun ownership. While they generally believe that people should have a right to own a gun, they are also in favor of certain forms of gun control.