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

Concealed carry, guns on campus at issue

July 13, 2018 - 9:30 pm

Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party's liberal base.

And they're doing it even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had played well in their gun-friendly state.

The top three Democrat contenders ahead of the Aug. 7 primary agree that Kansas has gone too far in allowing concealed guns on college campuses and letting people carry concealed weapons without requiring a state permit or mandating training.

But one of them, state Sen. Laura Kelly, voted for those policies while representing a Republican-leaning district in the Topeka area. She and many Republican lawmakers did so even after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.

She's been on the defensive about such votes in recent forums.

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