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Majority of Virginians Opposed to Handgun Limit Repeal: Poll

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    A poll by the Richmond Times Dispatch found many Virginians opposed to efforts to repeal the state's one handgun a month law. Eun Yang has the story. (Published Monday, Feb 20, 2012)

    A new poll says the majority of Virginians are not on board with two proposed laws working through the General Assembly this spring.

    The Christopher Newport University - Richmond Times Dispatch surveyed more than 1,000 Commonwealth residents in the poll.

    Va. Poll on Handgun Laws

    [DC] Va. Poll on Handgun Laws
    A poll by the Richmond Times Dispatch found many Virginians opposed to efforts to repeal the state's one handgun a month law. Eun Yang has the story. (Published Monday, Feb 20, 2012)

    Among the poll topics, a question about the move to repeal Virginia's one-handgun-a-month law.  A bill that has cleared both State Senate and the House undo the limit, a measure originally introduced to curb criminal use of Virginia-purchased handguns.

    The survey found 66-percent of voters want to keep the ban in place.  Polling indicates 31-percent are in favor of getting rid of limit.

    The bill is now headed to Governor Bob McDonnell's desk.

    Another measure that could reach the Governor - would require women to  undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.

    Of those polled, 55-percent say they oppose the requirement and 36-percent support it.  The House and Senate have already passed versions of the legislation.

    Despite some disagreement on the legislative agenda, Virginians continue to express approval for their governor.

    Gov. McDonnell's approval rating is up at 59 percent.  Those surveyed were less enthusiastic about other high-ranking state officials.  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was at 40 percent, and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling polled at only 30 percent.