Kansas Senate candidates debate gun restrictions

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and independent challenger Greg Orman disagree about whether federally mandated background checks for gun sales should be expanded.

Orman said during their first debate Saturday at the Kansas State Fair that he supports reasonable restrictions on gun sales, particularly to ensure that background checks are done on buyers at gun shows.

But Orman says he owns two guns and supports the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, protecting gun ownership rights.

Roberts mocked Orman for saying he supports Second Amendment rights while backing restrictions.

The senator says he won’t “mess with” anyone’s gun rights. He has the backing of the Kansas State Rifle Association.

But Orman says, “We don’t want people with bazookas. We don’t want people with automatic weapons.”

 

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