Kansas Democrats escalate fight over guns, abortion in governor’s race

Kansas Democrats escalate fight over guns, abortion in governor's race

Two major Democratic candidates for Kansas governor are sharpening their attacks over guns and abortion with a month left before the party’s first contested primary for governor in 20 years. A debate on Thursday evening in Topeka produced the sharpest exchanges yet between former state representative Josh Svaty and state Sen. Laura Kelly. Their conflict centers on Kelly’s past record of voting against restrictions on firearms and Svaty’s past record of anti-abortion votes. Kansas lawmakers, including Kelly, voted in 2015 to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Previously, people needed a permit that required training. “We had sensible gun laws in this state and they were erased in the past eight years. And Sen. Kelly, you were part and parcel in making that happen,” Svaty said. Help us deliver journalism that makes a difference in our community. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. SUBSCRIBE TODAY As the drumbeat of mass shootings has continued, pressure has risen on states to take action amid inaction in Congress. In Kansas, the rare Democratic primary is also forcing Kelly to respond to her past record. “I did vote for that and immediately recognized that we had gone way too far and have since voted to repeal it,” Kelly said. Kelly said that with a more-moderate Legislature and a moderate Democratic governor, Kansas can put new laws in place. She said that over […]

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