Less Than Half Of Americans Support Stricter Gun Laws

Less than half of Americans, 47 percent, say they favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms, according to a Gallup poll conducted in mid-October 2014. While this tracks with views found in 2013, the percentage is significantly below the 58 percent recorded in 2012 after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

In the recent survey, 38 percent of Americans say firearm laws should be kept as they are now, and 14 percent say they should be made less strict.

According to Gallup, 10 years ago, three in five Americans (60%) said they favored stricter laws regulating the sale of firearms, but support fell to 44 percent in 2009 and remained at that level in polls conducted in the next two years. Days after the Newtown shooting, support for stricter gun sale laws swelled.

“Since 2012, however, Americans have retreated from those stronger attitudes about the need for more gun control, and the percentage of Americans who say the laws should be less strict — although still low — has edged up,” Gallup reports.

Handgun Support

As support for stricter laws regulating the sale of guns has dwindled, the percentage of Americans who say handguns should be banned has remained low. About one in four Americans say handgun possession should be banned for everyone except the police and “other authorized persons” such as security or the military. A near-record high of 73 percent of Americans now say that handguns should not be banned.

While Americans overwhelmingly say there should not be a ban on handguns, this has not always been the case. When Gallup first asked this question in 1959, 60 percent favored a ban on handguns, except for those carried by police officers and similar authorities.

“By 1975, that number had slipped to 41 percent, with 55 percent saying they opposed such a ban. The percentage opposing has stayed above 50 percent ever since,” Gallup reports.

Americans vary by demographic group as to whether they favor more stringent laws covering the sale of firearms. Among these groups, support is generally down across the board compared with the poll taken after the Newtown tragedy.

Democrats still express the most support for stricter gun sale laws at 71 percent, down from 79 percent two years ago. Republicans, liberals, non-whites, women and whites all show substantially less support on this measure compared with 2012.


Streamlight Renews Support

Streamlight Inc. has renewed its sponsorship commitment to The Travis Manion Foundation. Named for a Marine who was killed in Iraq in 2007, the Travis Manion Foundation assists veterans and families of fallen heroes.

As part of its commitment, Streamlight continues to serve as a sponsor of the foundation’s 9/11 Heroes Run, which consists of more than 50 races throughout the U.S. and internationally each year on or near Sept. 11. The company is also making an equipment donation of 100 Knucklehead flashlights to local fire departments that are partnering with four of these races. Agencies in Annapolis, Md., Summerville, S.C., Madisonville, Ky., and Tempe, Ariz., will each receive 25 of the lights.

“We hope the gift of these safety tools will not only help protect their communities, but also honor first responders everywhere who put their lives on the line each day in the performance of their job,” said Geoff Evans, Streamlight national fire service specialist.

The company is also donating $1 from the sale of each Coyote Nano Light to the foundation. The keychain light features a double-sided fob with the Travis Manion Foundation logo.


NASGW Leadership Changes

The board of directors of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) recently announced that Maurice (Moe) Desmarais is retiring from his post as president, effective Dec. 31. A search committee and a national search firm have partnered to identify the right person to lead NASGW.

“We feel fortunate for Moe’s leadership of NASGW for so many years through dynamic industry change and evolution. He has been instrumental in the successful growth of our organization, including forging many industry relationships and establishing NASGW as the leader in wholesale distribution. Moe’s vision, energy and attention to detail have made a significant impact on NASGW, its member firms and the industry,” said Pete Brownell, search committee chairman.

“With a dedicated leadership and a strong, experienced and talented management team in place, I leave NASGW in very capable hands. It has been the most rewarding experience of my 35 years in managing trade associations and professional societies. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together,” Desmarais said.


Glock Continues Support For Young Marines

Glock Inc. has made a donation of $50,000 to the Young Marines organization, continuing the support the company began in 2004.

Glock VP Josh Dorsey presented this year’s check to Young Marines national executive director Ret. Marine Lt. Col. Mike Kessler and Young Marine of the Year YM Sgt. Maj. Blake DeWeese of Beaverton, Ore. The presentation took place in October during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Expo in Washington, D.C.

The Young Marines is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age 8 through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members.

“It’s important for the future of all of us that we have organizations that help foster and champion young people into leaders of strong character. The Young Marines organization has a proven track record of doing so,” said Dorsey, also a Marine veteran.


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