State of Kansas Archives: on Gun Control


Patrick Wiesner: Gun rights are limited: no concealed carry on college campus

The Supreme Court's 2006 decision in DC v. Heller provides good policy guidance on gun ownership rights and public safety. Justice Scalia wrote this opinion with great care. First, the Court affirmed the right of individuals to possess firearms for traditional lawful purposes such as self-defense within the home and for hunting.

Second, the opinion also held that Second Amendment rights are not unlimited. Justice Scalia went out of his way to declare longstanding laws that prohibit possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill; that forbid guns in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings; that impose conditions on commercial sale of arms; and that restrict the right to carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose, are still valid and enforceable.

The latter holding provides a US Constitutional basis for the Kansas legislature to repeal the unfortunate law permitting the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses.

Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website, WiesnerForSenate.com Aug 8, 2016

Conner Eldridge: Enforce the gun laws already on the books

Eldridge issued the following statement in response to Pres. Obama proposing a series of executive orders on gun violence: "I disagree with the President bypassing Congress, but I also blame a dysfunctional Congress that has failed to act. Everyone in Washington should do their jobs and enact bipartisan legislation that defends and secures the rights of lawful gun owners under the Second Amendment and makes it tougher for criminals, those with mental health conditions, and terrorists to obtain weapons

"As a senator and a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, I would work to encourage what I did as a prosecutor: enforcing the gun laws already on the books. I would also work to find long-term legislative solutions that improve the background check system, strengthen mental health treatment in this country and keep weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists -- and all while defending the constitutional rights of law-abiding American citizens."

Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website ConnerForArkansas.com Apr 1, 2016

Curtis Coleman: Champion of our 2nd Amendment rights

2nd Amendment and Gun Rights: As an NRA and NAGR member and avid sportsman, I will be a champion of our 2nd Amendment rights. I will oppose any attempts to ban guns, ban ammunition, or to create a national gun registry.
Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 11, 2015

Chris Koster: Supported voter amendment on right to bear arms

Koster is under increasing pressure from leaders of his own party. This summer, Koster backed the controversial "right to farm" and "right to bear arms" amendments that voters decided this summer. Many Democrats opposed those ideas.
Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Oct 17, 2014

Nathan LaFrance: Attempts at building a federal gun registry are wrong

As your U.S. Senator, Nathan LaFrance will vote AGAINST any bill which seeks to place federal gun controls and restrictions on the American people.

The United States Constitution could not be more clear: "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". In addition, Nathan believes that any attempts at building a federal gun registry are wrong, and will vote AGAINST attempts at creating one.

It is time to fight back against those who seek to take away the gun rights of law-abiding Americans. WE have the right to defend ourselves and our families, at home and in public, against those wishing to do us harm. If the 2nd Amendment is important to you, the choice is simple: vote Nathan LaFrance for United States Senate in 2014!

Source: 2014 Arkansas Senate campaign website, LaFrance2014.com Sep 30, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Hutchinson: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign Sep 28, 2014

Greg Orman: Don't make it easy for a convict to get guns at gun shows

In 1999, Roberts voted against a Senate amendment requiring a federal background check for anyone buying a weapon at a gun show. He has consistently opposed gun control proposals. This week the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action spent more than $75,000 for campaign materials supporting Roberts' candidacy.

Orman says he is open to considering a required background check in order to purchase a weapon at gun shows. "I just do not think it makes sense to make it easy for a convict, or someone who was under a restraining order for domestic abuse to be able to walk into a gun show and easily get a gun," Orman said at the debate.

Roberts says that position threatens all gun owners. "Don't mess with people's right to bear arms with any restrictions," he said in the Hutchinson debate.

Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Pat Roberts: Don't mess with people's right to bear arms

In 1999, Roberts voted against a Senate amendment requiring a federal background check for anyone buying a weapon at a gun show. He has consistently opposed gun control proposals. This week the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action spent more than $75,000 for campaign materials supporting Roberts' candidacy.

Orman says he is open to considering a required background check in order to purchase a weapon at gun shows. "I just do not think it makes sense to make it easy for a convict, or someone who was under a restraining order for domestic abuse to be able to walk into a gun show and easily get a gun," Orman said at the debate.

Roberts says that position threatens all gun owners. "Don't mess with people's right to bear arms with any restrictions," he said in the Hutchinson debate.

Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Strongly supports an absolute right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose an absolute right to gun ownership?

A: Strongly Support.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Greg Orman: Owns handguns but supports background checks

I own two handguns. I believe in Second Amendment rights.

Both times that I bought a handgun, I was required to go through a mandatory background check to ensure that I was a US citizen who hadn't been convicted of domestic violence, subject to a restraining order, incarcerated for longer than a year, dishonorably discharged from the military, or determined to be mentally defective. Over 700,000 people who met the description above have been prevented from buying firearms at licensed dealers since the background check requirements went into effect.

The idea that those 700,000 people could simply head to a gun show and buy a firearm without the same background scrutiny doesn't make sense to me. While there are likely other illegal ways for criminals to get firearms, we shouldn't make it easy for a violent offender or a mentally ill individual to get a gun. The process for me took a few minutes and ultimately resulted in me being able to buy my handguns without delay.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, OrmanForSenate.com Sep 1, 2014

Randall Batson: Possess & trade firearms as owners wish

2nd Amendment: Just as in all property, the people should be able to keep in possession, purchase, trade, and sell their firearms as they wish. Proper handling and operation of a firearm retains it as an effective tool of defense and sport. The necessity of them is determined by one's environment, and competency by ones psychology.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website batson4senate.weebly.com Aug 31, 2014

Chad Taylor: I'm a gun owner, but we need to enforce gun laws

I am a proud gun owner, a lifetime National Rifle Association (NRA) member, 2nd Amendment advocate, and avid outdoorsman, having grown up hunting and fishing all over the state of Kansas. I recognize the right of law-abiding citizens to own and maintain firearms.

As the Shawnee County District Attorney, I am all too familiar with the effects of gun violence on the communities of Kansas. The most critical first step we can take to reduce violence is to enforce the laws we have on the books--like the mandatory minimum five-year federal sentence for felons in possession--and keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.

I also believe we need to properly and adequately address the lack of mental health services to help those that are most at risk. Without this component, our approach to public policy is incomplete.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, TaylorForUSSenate.com Jul 2, 2014

Milton Wolf: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Wolf: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Joe Bellis: Armed citizenry is only obstacle to oppressive governmen

Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: No.

Q: Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support a ban on assault rifles?

A: No.

Q: Other principles?

A: An armed citizenry is the only obstacle to an oppressive government.

Source: Kansas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Lisa Johnston: Guarantee both 1st and 2nd amendment rights

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, lisaforkansas.com, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

Bruce Westerman: No background checks, no licensing, for concealed carry

Q: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?

A: No.

Q: Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?

A: No.

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mike Huckabee: Supports self-defense and ‘castle doctrine’

Gov. Mike Huckabee said that he would support legislation in Arkansas for a law like one passed in Florida last year to protect citizens who use deadly force in self-defense against criminal prosecution and civil liability. Huckabee told a caller to his monthly radio show that he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and believes “there is an absolute right that people have to protect themselves and even their property.”

During the show, a caller asked the governor what he thought of Florida’s so-called “Castle Doctrine.” Passed last year, the law states that any person has the right to “stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.” The name of the law is drawn from the adage that a man’s home is his castle. “Personally, I think it’s the way it ought to be,” Huckabee said. “We ought to have the right to protect ourselves.”

Source: Rob Moritz, Arkansas News Bureau Jan 5, 2006

Jean Carnahan: Advocated for gun control with sportsmen’s rights

Jean Carnahan made speeches several days a week on her husband’s Senate campaign trail in which she advocated for gun control. Ashcroft is a favorite of the National Rifle Association and campaigned for a ballot issue in Missouri last year that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons. Mel Carnahan had opposed the measure. Responding to a written questionnaire last week from The Associated Press, Jean Carnahan said she opposed anything that interfered with the rights of sportsmen.
Source: Kevin Murphy, The Kansas City Star Nov 4, 2000

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