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NEW POLL: Gun Safety Policies Have Overwhelming Bipartisan Support in Virginia 

"Over 70% of Virginians Support Measures for Enhanced Background Checks, Secure Storage and a Ban on Ghost Guns"

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From Everytown for Gun Safety and the Virginia chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action:

NEW POLL: Gun Safety Policies Have Overwhelming Bipartisan Support in Virginia 

New Polling Released by Everytown for Gun Safety Demonstrates How the Gun Lobby Remains Out of Touch with Virginia Voters

Data Shows That Over 70% of Virginians Support Measures for Enhanced Background Checks, Secure Storage and a Ban on Ghost Guns

RICHMOND, VA – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, the Virginia chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, unveiled new polling showing overwhelming support among Virginia voters, including Republicans and Independents, for strengthening gun violence prevention laws across the Commonwealth. The polling showed strong support for policies currently under consideration by Virginia legislators–championed by the gun sense majorities that once again hold majorities in both chambers,including banning  ghost guns, requiring gun owners to securely store their firearms, and enhancing Virginia’s background check law.

Today’s poll underlines the core message from Thursday’s advocacy day and voters’ overwhelming desire to see their elected officials take action to prevent gun violence. At least 70% of respondents said they would support legislation that enhances Virginia’s background check law, legislation that requires Virginia gun owners to securely store their firearms, and legislation that prohibits ghost guns. 

Toplines from the Poll:

  • 73% of respondents said they would support legislation that enhances Virginia’s background check law by allowing law enforcement officials to prevent firearm purchases by people who are lawfully determined to pose a serious threat to themselves or others, including support from 81% of Democrats, 62% of Republicans, and 75% of Independents.
  • 73% of respondents said they would support a state law requiring Virginia gun owners to securely store their firearms when they’re not using or carrying them, including support from 94% of Democrats, 56% of Republicans, and 67% of Independents.
  • 70% of respondents said they would support a state law banning the spread of untraceable, undetectable ghost guns, including support from 78% of Democrats, 69% of Republicans, and 62% of Independents.
  • 55% of respondents said it was more important to them to protect people from gun violence than to protect the rights of gun owners, compared to 34% who said it was more important to protect the rights of gun owners, and 11% who were not sure.
“As the gun lobby heads to Richmond today to try and advance their agenda, the data is on our side – Virginians support stronger gun laws,” said Mike Fox, chapter lead of the Virginia Chapter of Moms Demand Action. “This polling just proves what Virginia voters demonstrated in November when we elected a gun sense majority in the House and Senate, which is that gun safety is both good policy and good politics. As this year’s session revs up, we’re looking forward to working with our lawmakers to ensure that these priorities are realized and our families are kept safe from gun violence.”

Today’s polling comes just days after the Virginia chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action held their annual advocacy day, where they met with lawmakers to advocate for stronger gun violence prevention measures. The new polling also coincides with the annual lobby day for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a group that fights to block common sense gun safety measures across the Commonwealth. Everytown’s new polling makes it clear that gun lobby groups, including the Virginia Citizens Defense League, continue to be out of touch with Virginia voters who increasingly want to see action on gun violence prevention. – demonstrating just how out of touch the gun lobby continues to be with Virginia voters.

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy with 625 registered Virginia voters statewide from December 15 through December 19, 2023.

The results of this poll demonstrate that the majority of voters on a bipartisan basis agree with the common sense gun violence prevention measures that are being considered by lawmakers this year. Lawmakers have the chance this session to do what their constituents want them to: pass common sense gun laws that will keep them and their communities safe.

In an average year in Virginia, 1,121 people die by guns and 1,911 people are wounded. Gun violence costs Virginia $14.2 billion each year, of which $288.3 million is paid by taxpayers. More information about gun violence in Virginia is available here.

About Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund (“Everytown for Gun Safety”) is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly ten million supporters and more than 700,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors, students, and everyday Americans who are fighting for common-sense gun safety measures that can help save lives. Learn more at www.everytown.org and follow us @Everytown.
About Moms Demand Action
Moms Demand Action is the nation’s largest grassroots volunteer network working to end gun violence. Moms Demand Action is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization with nearly ten million supporters and more than 700,000 donors. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families, educates policymakers and parents about the importance of secure firearm storage and works to create a culture of gun safety through partnerships with businesses, community organizations and influencers. There is a Moms Demand Action chapter in every state of the country and more than 700 local groups across the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction, on Twitter at @MomsDemand and download our DemandAction app at https://momsdemandaction.org/app/.
About Students Demand Action
Students Demand Action is the largest grassroots, youth-led gun violence prevention group in the country with more than 600 groups and active volunteers in every state and the District of Columbia. The movement, created by and for teens and young adults, aims to channel the energy and passion of high school and college-aged students into the fight against gun violence. Students Demand Action volunteers organize within their schools and communities to educate their peers, register voters, and demand common-sense solutions to this national public health crisis at the local, state, and federal level. Students Demand Action is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly ten million supporters and more than 700,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.studentsdemandaction.org.
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