Even The GOPer Who Said Gabby Giffords Is A ‘Prop’ Supports Universal Background Checks

Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV)

Just hours after Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) found himself in hot water over his agreement with a conservative radio host that former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was a “prop” in the gun debate, the Congressman voiced his support for universal background checks on all gun sales.

In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Heck joined a host of other Republicans who have come forward in support of the measure:

“I think the idea of background checks across the board, I’m not opposed to them,” Heck said. “I disagree with people who say that this is going to be the first step to gun registration, which leads to gun confiscation.”[…]

“For law-abiding citizens that want to own a weapon, I don’t see why they would be adverse to undergoing that check just like you would if you walked into the gun store,” Heck said.

Being against universal background checks is a little bit less popular than the United States going communist, so the policy is an easy go-to for a Congressman trying to change the subject. Still, his support signals potential progress on legislation to pass such checks into law.