Support for gun control policies and greater restrictions on firearms has plummeted nearly 12 points in 2020 alone, according to a new poll released by Rasmussen Reports.
In 2019, following a rash of high-profile mass shootings, nearly 64% of Americans favored stricter laws limiting access to guns. That number has dropped to just 52%, according to the poll released Friday.
The swing in public sentiment has followed social unrest throughout 2020, including lockdowns, economic uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, and rioting after the death of George Floyd.
Industry insiders document what they call the largest "panic buy" of weapons and ammunition in American history as ongoing gun sales continue to set monthly records.
Though Rasmussen reveals that a significant number of previous gun owners have purchased at least one new firearm in recent months, there have also been millions of first-time gun owners, including citizens in liberal states and women.
One downside to the surge has been the inability of leading firearm and ammunition retailers to keep inventory in stock to meet what has become an unrelenting demand.