Dem gov. candidates fall in line on gun control

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National News

July 15, 2018 - 11:00 PM

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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