New Poll Shows Some Support For Gun Control

Some Specific Proposals Get Strong Support

January 07, 2020 - 2:58 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. ( - A new poll from Virginia Commonwealth University shows split support for the broad idea of stricter gun laws.  But when specific proposals are discussed, the poll finds stronger support among Virginians.

The poll, released by VCU today, found 53% of Virginians back the idea of stricter gun laws.  The margin of error is just under five percent.  However, 74% strongly supported the specific idea of universal background checks, and 82% either strongly or somewhat backed red flag laws.

The General Assembly is expected to take up the gun issue early in the 2020 session, which starts Wednesday.  Governor Ralph Northam, in a press conference Tuesday, said he is not proposing to seize anyone's guns.  He says the proposals he is backing on gun control are constitutional.  Northam also says he has no plans to call out the National Guard to enforce gun laws, in response to the second amendment sanctuary movement.

Democrats control the General Assembly for the first time in two decades starting on Wednesday.

You can see the poll right here.