TOPEKA, Kan. — 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 Democratic 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.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.