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

  1. ABC News Poll, VA Tech, Guns, and Mental Illness (Apr. 22, 2007), available at ⤴︎
  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 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 ⤴︎
  3. American Viewpoint/Momentum Analysis, Momentum Analysis & American Viewpoint National Survey (for Mayors Against Illegal Guns) (Jan. 2011) at ⤴︎