In an ABC News poll conducted shortly after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, 83% of respondents favored laws requiring states to report mentally ill people to a federal database in order to prevent them from buying guns.1

A February, 2011, poll found that more than 82% of respondents in the five bellwether states of Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Virginia and Ohio, including more than 82% percent of gun owners, support full funding of state efforts to submit records of criminals, drug abusers and the mentally ill to the NICS database.2

A January, 2011, poll of registered voters found that 89% of respondents want Congress to fully fund enforcement of a federal law adopted after the Virginia Tech shootings to prevent people with a history of mental illness from buying guns.3

Notes
  1. ABC News Poll, VA Tech, Guns, and Mental Illness (Apr. 22, 2007), available at http://abcnews.go.com/images/US/1037a1VaTechGuns.pdf. ⤴︎
  2. Momentum Analysis, American Viewpoint, Harstad Strategic Research, Bellwether Research & Hart Research Polling for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Results from Surveys in AZ, CO, IN, VA, OH (Feb. 2011), at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/downloads/pdf/poll_slides_2011.pdf. See also Press Release, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, New Polls in Five Bellwether States Show Overwhelming Support to Fix Gun Background Check System (Mar. 2, 2011), at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media-center/pr020-11.shtml. ⤴︎
  3. American Viewpoint/Momentum Analysis, Momentum Analysis & American Viewpoint National Survey (for Mayors Against Illegal Guns) (Jan. 2011) at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/downloads/pdf/maig_poll_01_18_2011.pdf. ⤴︎