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January 10, 2013

Poll highlights complexity of gun-control views in Virginia

(Continued)

Brown said that “gun control is the ultimate geographic issue.” Stricter gun laws are backed by 61 percent of Virginia’s urban residents, 49 percent of suburbanites and 40 percent of rural voters.

In Richmond, where the General Assembly began its annual session this week, lawmakers have offered bills from both ends of the spectrum, including measures to arm teachers and to close the loophole that allows some sales at gun shows without criminal background checks.

According to Virginia State Police, gun sales in Virginia reached a record high in 2012, and industry sources attributed the increase, in part, to repeal of the one-handgun-a-month law. Gun dealers in the state also reported a big surge in purchases after the Newtown shootings.

 

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