Mass. GOP Senate Nominee: I Would Have Voted For Background Checks Bill (VIDEO)

Massachusetts Republican Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez said Wednesday on MSNBC that he would have voted in favor of expanding background checks for gun purchases had he been in the Senate at the time. 

MSNBC host Chuck Todd asked how Gomez would vote on issues like a ban on assault weapons or limits on high-capacity magazines. Gomez said he is not sold on those issues. 

“Chuck, I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment,” Gomez said. “And I think I have a pretty unique perspective having been a SEAL and firing all these weapons, and I don’t believe that we need an assault weapons ban or to limit rounds in a high capacity magazine.”

Gomez reiterated his support for expanding background checks, as proposed by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). 

The senate voted down the bill in mid-April. Since then, senators who opposed the legislation have seen their poll numbers plummet.  

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