State of Kansas Archives: on Gun Control

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, Sep 1, 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, 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,, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

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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