The Kansas primary is less than a week away and as we move closer, KSN is breaking down the issues and where candidates stand.
Gun legislation is a hot button issue in the Kansas legislature each session.
In 2015, lawmakers voted to loosen restrictions on concealed carry by not requiring a permit or training.
Then in 2017, the law required universities to allow students 21 or older to carry concealed weapons on campuses.
“For me, the Second Amendment is foundational to the United State Constitution. It’s a load bearing wall,” explained Governor Jeff Colyer. Colyer added he wouldn’t support any more gun restrictions.
The four major Republican gubernatorial candidates all say they support guns, but vary on the degree.
Kris Kobach stirred up controversy earlier this summer riding in parades with a fake gun mounted on his jeep and said he would like to lower the concealed carry age.
“I think it’s reasonable to move the concealed carry down from 21 to 18. When kids go on college campuses, and one of my daughters will be going to college in a few years, I’d like her to be able to protect herself from freshman year onward,” Kobach explained.
Kobach also says he thinks teachers should carry guns.
While Colyer and Ken Selzer think arming teachers should be a local decision.
“I think it ought to be a local school board option as to whether or not that school district allows teachers to carry guns,” explained Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer.
Former State Senator Jim Barnett is the only major Republican candidate opposed to arming teachers. He says while he supports the Second Amendment, he thinks there should be an emphasis on paying for school security and restoring the behavioral healthcare system to decrease gun violence.