Universal background checks as a means of curbing gun violence gets support from New Jersey Representative Jon Runyan (R-3).

Representative Jon Runyan (l) with members of Grassroots4Change

The information arises from activist members of GrassRoots4Change, who met with the Congressman Thursday in his Mount Laurel office.

An e-mail to supporters indicates that the Republican supports "legislation requiring universal background checks for all gun sales."

A staffer in Runyan's office affirms his advocacy of legislation addressing the matter.

The group claims that a federal bill of this kind has the support of 92 percent of Americans, 89 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of the National Rifle Association's membership, though the source of the figures is not given.

Grassroots4Change maintains an active Facebook page.