Poll: Support for Looser Gun Laws Triples

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Support for looser gun laws has tripled since last year, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.

Gallup reported that 16 percent of Americans now favor less strict firearm laws, up from 5 percent last year. Meanwhile, support for stricter gun laws fell to 31 percent from 38 percent last year.

Dissatisfaction overall with the country’s gun laws rose to 55 percent, its highest rate since 2001.

Support for new gun restrictions surged in 2013 following the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lobbying by gun-control groups and gun-rights organizations both increased as well. Second Amendment groups spent $15.1 million in lobbying expenditures in 2013, compared to $2.2 million by gun-control advocates.