Mandatory nationwide background checks for gun buyers has received overwhelming support in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, according to a poll released today.

The national organization of Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a poll which found 95 percent of the district’s voters, which includes Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic counties, supported expanding background checks to include all gun buyers.

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Pollster Doug Schoen said, “This margin is unlike any I’ve seen on this issue, and it marks a real sea change. Voters want their elected officials to fight gun violence, and after Newtown, they’re demanding it.”

Current federal laws require licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks on potential buyers, but does not cover transfers or gun shows.

According to a news release, about 40 percent of U.S. gun transfers are done by unlicensed “private sellers,” which include those at gun shows and sellers on the Internet. This loophole allows buyers to avoid a background check.

Fourteen states already adopted required background checks for all gun sales and have seen decreased rates of murders and firearm suicide rates.

The Schoen LLC poll was conducted Feb. 1 through Feb. 5 of 400 voters.

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