Poll Shows How Virginians Feel About Gun Control

Richmond, VA - A new statewide poll found overwhelming support in Virginia for requiring background checks on buyers at gun shows and for posting armed police officers in public school buildings after the Newtown school shooting.

Quinnipiac University's survey also shows that half of the 1,134 registered Virginia voters surveyed January 4-7 believe gun ownership protects people from criminals, while 41 % said it puts them more at risk.

Virginia requires licensed firearm dealers to check backgrounds of all purchasers, but a loophole in the law exempts purchases at gun shows, which are large, private weapons bazaars. A Republican legislature has repeatedly rebuffed efforts to close the loophole.

The survey released Thursday found 92 % favor gun show background checks.