Hard Choices

Sen. Richard Burr

Posted January 23, 2013

In January 2013, WRAL News conducted a poll of 500 North Carolina residents on gun policy and related issues. Before results of the poll were released, we asked the state's 2 Senators and 13 House members to respond to some of the same questions. 

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr completely answered all questions put to him, either by responding as survey participants did or offering a more detailed explanation. 

Should criminal background checks be required for every person who wants to purchase a firearm? Or not?

a) Should
b) Should Not
c) Not sure

Burr's answer: Senator Burr supports background checks for firearms purchases conducted through retail outlets or dealers, whether those sales happen in gun stores, at gun shows, or wherever a dealer maintains his or her place of business. Senator Burr does not support a requirement for background checks for private, face-to-face transactions between individuals.

Do you think teachers who are licensed to carry a handgun (as with a concealed handgun permit) should or should not be allowed to carry their gun while in school?

a) Should
b) Should Not
c) Not Sure

Burr's answer: a) SHOULD 

Would you support or oppose a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?

a) Support
b) Oppose
c) Not Sure

Burr's answer: b) OPPOSE

Would you support or oppose a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?

a) Support
b) Oppose
c) Not Sure

Burr's answer: b) OPPOSE

If the government were able to require a reduced amount of violence in entertainment, would it reduce the incidence of mass shootings a lot, a little or not at all?

a) A lot
b) A little
c) Not at all
d) Not sure

Burr's answer: d) NOT SURE

Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons, which automatically load the next bullet after a shot is fired?

a) Support
b) Oppose
c) Not sure

Burr's answer: b) OPPOSE 


This story is part of WRAL's prime time special "Soft Targets, Hard Choices." We welcome your comments and questions. Send email to hardchoices@wral.com or use #hardchoices on Twitter.

 

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