November 20, 2020
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Support for stricter gun laws in U.S. has fallen in 2020
Americans' support for stricter gun control has fallen off over the last two years and is at its lowest level since 2016, according to a Gallup survey.
The new poll shows that 57% of respondents said they support stricter measures to control firearms, while 34% said restrictions should be kept where they are and 9% said they should be less strict.
The share of those who favor stricter measures is down seven points from last year and 10 points from 2018.
Gallup noted that opinions may be different this year because there hasn't been a mass shooting event in the United States in 2020 and Americans are dealing with other serious issues, mainly the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Since the early 1990s, Americans' preferences for tougher gun control have generally peaked in the wake of prominent mass shootings and waned as the memory of each fades," Gallup wrote.
"A recent example was the 2018 school massacre in Parkland, Fla., after which support for increased gun control hit 67%. Support remained near that level last year in two readings taken after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas."
Support for stricter gun measures was strongest among women (67%), Democrats (85%) and residents in urban cities (65%). Leaving gun laws alone or favoring fewer restrictions were more popular positions among men (54%), Republicans (78%) and rural Americans (54%). Fifty-eight percent of suburban residents favored stricter measures.
Gallup said support for a handgun ban (25%) has fallen to the lowest level since it began tracking opinions 40 years ago.
"The latest reading [for a handgun ban], which is down 18 points from its 1991 high, is a slight decline from last year's 29%," Gallup wrote. "Currently, 74% of U.S. adults say such a ban should not be put in place."
Gallup polled more than 1,000 adults in all states and Washington, D.C., for the survey, which has a margin of error of 4 points.
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Smith & Wesson J-Frame revolvers were designed to fire a full power round and are as simple and easy to use as they are reliable. The Model 442 is a variation of the Model 42 Centennial Airweight that integrates the time-tested features of the original with modern advancements like a lightweight alloy frame for easy carry, stainless steel barrel, carbon steel cylinder and a snag-Free enclosed hammer.
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The lockwork of the 442 is completely enclosed to keep dirt and pocket lint from interfering with the gun's action. It has a 5-shot cylinder rated for +P .38 Special ammunition. The barrel and cylinder are constructed from carbon steel, and the mainframe is made of lightweight aluminum alloy. Caliber: 38 S&W SPECIAL +P. Barrel Length: 1.875" / 4.8 cm. Overall Length: 6.3
How long is ammo good for?
Ammunition, like most products, has a shelf life, and understanding this shelf life is crucial to storage, use, and success at the range and the field.
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If you are dedicated to making your ammunition last for a long time while still delivering consistent performance, you need to reduce the cartridges' exposure to moisture and heat. If you simply remember to store your cartridges and shells in a safe, cool, and dry area, your rounds should be just fine.
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