For the first time since the spike after the 2013 Newtown shooting, a majority of Americans support for stricter gun laws, a Gallup poll released Monday finds. Fifty-five percent of Americans say the laws covering the sale of firearms should be more strict, up from 47 percent in 2014. Meanwhile, only 33 percent said gun laws should remain as they are and 11 percent would like to see laws loosened up.
For the survey, Gallup polled 1,015 adults nationwide via telephone interviews from Oct. 7-11, 2015. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
The report comes on the heels of a community college shooting in Oregon that left 10 people including the shooter dead earlier this month, as well as a shooting of a local TV reporter and her cameraman during a live broadcast in Virginia in August.