Forty-three percent of Americans recently polled by Gallup said they are either satisfied with current gun laws or think they should be less strict (5%). That's down from 50 percent satisfied one year ago, when 8 percent said they favored less strict gun laws.
On the other hand, 38 percent of Americans said they are dissatisfied with the nation's gun laws and want them strengthened -- the highest percentage of people expressing such a view since 2001, when 39 percent said they were dissatisfied and wanted stronger gun laws. One year ago, only 25 percent of Americans held that view.
The findings stem from Gallup's annual "Mood of the Nation" survey, conducted Jan. 7-10.
The bottom line, according to Gallup: After a decade of little change in Americans' overall level of satisfaction with the nation's gun laws, significantly more now express dissatisfaction and want laws to be stricter. It's yet another sign that the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December have given Americans pause on the issue, at least in the short term.