It's becoming clear that gun laws could play a big role in the 2016 presidential election.

Not only have major GOP players like Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie devoted time in recent speeches to Second Amendment rights, but a recent Pew poll revealed that for the first time in decades, there has been a huge shift towards gun ownership and away from gun control in the U.S.

Katie Pavlich and Leslie Marshall joined Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" to discuss just how the debate over gun rights might play into the 2016 election.

"Gun control and gun rights are always a political topic, no matter what campaign you're running, whether it's local or presidential," Pavlich stated. "This is very personal for people."

Marshall, a progressive radio talk show host, said the gun control debate won't play as big a role in the election as some might think. She asserted that the economy is still the number one issue for American voters, no matter which party they support.

Pavlich pointed out, however, that the recent Pew poll reveals that independent voters are increasingly in favor of protecting gun rights rather than implementing more gun control measures.

"The majority of Americans - 60 percent-plus - believe that the best way to deter crime is by owning a firearm," Pavlich said.

Pavlich suggested that Hillary Clinton will largely avoid the gun control issue because a majority of Americans won't see it her way. But that will not stop the debate surrounding gun laws from playing an important role on the campaign trail, Pavlich added.

Watch more from "The Kelly File" above.


You Might Also Like...

Milwaukee Mayor Blames Gov. Walker for Uptick in Gun Violence

Pavlich Calls Out Feds for Direct Attack on Vets' 2nd Amendment Rights

Walker Fires Back at Obama for Suggesting He 'Bone Up on Foreign Policy'

Town Council OKs Battlefield Cross Memorial After Objections Over Gun