Sen. Heller Touts Gun Rights, Small Government

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dean Heller is promising to protect the right to bear arms and fight against government bloat.

Heller, a former assemblyman, spoke to a joint session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City on Thursday.

He said that instead of arguing about high-capacity ammunition magazines, Congress should take on violent movies and video games.

He also pledged to fight waste and overindulgence in government. As an example, he said he was told to repaint and re-carpet his Capitol Hill office even though it looked fine to him.

The Carson City lawmaker was in the middle of his 3rd congressional term when he was appointed to the senate in 2011. He was appointed to fill the seat of John Ensign, who resigned amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges.