TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll finds 39 percent of Americans favor stricter gun control laws. In 2001, that number was 54 percent.
Some attribute that to the current Obama administration.
Others say the wake of mass shootings across the United States is what's influencing the numbers.
We stopped by Lock-N-Load, a gun store and firing range in Tyler. The manager says gun training classes have spiked in popularity, along with sales.
We also spoke with Bob Delk. In 2007, Delk was awakened in the early morning, only to find an intruder in his home. Delk, who was armed, fired three shots, hit the suspect twice. The man later died at a local hospital.
Delk says he's actually proud that fewer Americans are in favor of strictor laws. He said if "people laws" were better, there would be no issues.
Delk said he took a handgun training course. If he had not known how to use his gun, the law surrounding handgun use in Texas, and his rights, his situation could have ended much differently.