Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor's race

FILE – This combination of file photos shows Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidates who will square off in a debate Wednesday night, July 11, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. From left, are: Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka; former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer; and former state Agriculture secretary Joshua Svaty. Top Democratic candidates for Kansas governor have pledged to pursue gun-control measures with a national movement stirring the party’s liberal base. Yet for all their apparent agreement, gun control remains a contentious issue. Photo: John Hanna, AP TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party’s liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. But one of them, state Sen. Laura Kelly, voted for those policies while representing a Republican-leaning district in the Topeka area — staking out positions that many Republican lawmakers did, including one just months after a mass shooting killed 20 children at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Kelly has been on the defensive about those votes in recent forums for the Democratic candidates. Kelly compiled a decade-long record of voting with gun-rights advocates — and her break with them illustrates the difficulties facing Democrats in conservative states. An amendment to the Kansas Constitution to bolster individuals’ right to own guns passed with 88 percent of the statewide vote in 2010; another, declaring a right to […]

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Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party’s liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. The top three Democratic contenders ahead of the Aug. 7 primary agree: Kansas has gone too far in recent years by allowing concealed guns on college campuses and letting people carry concealed guns without requiring a state permit or mandating training. They want to roll back those laws. But one of them, state Sen. Laura Kelly, voted for those policies while representing a Republican-leaning district in the Topeka area — staking out positions that many Republican lawmakers did, including one just months after a mass shooting killed 20 children at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Kelly has been on the defensive about those votes in recent forums for the Democratic candidates. Kelly compiled a decade-long record of voting with gun-rights advocates — and her break with them illustrates the difficulties facing Democrats in conservative states. An amendment to the Kansas Constitution to bolster individuals’ right to own guns passed with 88 percent of the statewide vote in 2010; another, declaring a right to hunt, received 81 percent in 2016. Kelly voted to put both on the ballot. Today’s top news by email The local news you need to start your day Recaptcha requires verification. I’m not a robot reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms "All those […]

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Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor's race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party’s liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. The top three Democratic contenders ahead of the Aug. 7 primary agree: Kansas has gone too far in recent years by allowing concealed guns on college campuses and letting people carry concealed guns without requiring a state permit or mandating training. They want to roll back those laws. But one of them, state Sen. Laura Kelly, voted for those policies while representing a Republican-leaning district in the Topeka area — staking out positions that many Republican lawmakers did, including one just months after a mass shooting killed 20 children at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Kelly has been on the defensive about those votes in recent forums for the Democratic candidates. Kelly compiled a decade-long record of voting with gun-rights advocates — and her break with them illustrates the difficulties facing Democrats in conservative states. An amendment to the Kansas Constitution to bolster individuals’ right to own guns passed with 88 percent of the statewide vote in 2010; another, declaring a right to hunt, received 81 percent in 2016. Kelly voted to put both on the ballot. "All those votes make her a better, more attractive general election candidate," said Bob Beatty, a political scientist at Washburn University of Topeka. […]

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Guns a Hot Issue for Democrats in Kansas Governor’s Race

Guns a Hot Issue for Democrats in Kansas Governor's Race

FILE – This combination of file photos shows Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidates who will square off in a debate Wednesday night, July 11, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. From left, are: Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka; former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer; and former state Agriculture secretary Joshua Svaty. Top Democratic candidates for Kansas governor have pledged to pursue gun-control measures with a national movement stirring the party’s liberal base. Yet for all their apparent agreement, gun control remains a contentious issue. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File) The Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party’s liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. The top three Democratic contenders ahead of the Aug. 7 primary agree: Kansas has gone too far in recent years by allowing concealed guns on college campuses and letting people carry concealed guns without requiring a state permit or mandating training. They want to roll back those laws. But one of them, state Sen. Laura Kelly, voted for those policies while representing a Republican-leaning district in the Topeka area — staking out positions that many Republican lawmakers did, including one just months after a mass shooting killed 20 children at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut , in December 2012. Kelly has been on the defensive about those votes in recent forums for the Democratic candidates. […]

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