Kansas House Democratic primary candidates on issues: gun violence
The Post polled readers last month on questions they want to hear from Democratic candidates running for the Kansas House of Representatives. Based on that feedback, we’ve developed a five-point questionnaire with the most important issues for Johnson County voters.
Each day this week, we will post the candidates’ answers to one of the five questions. The candidates previously answered questions about abortion policy and the teacher shortage in Kansas. Today, we are publishing the candidates’ answers to the following question:
Democratic lawmakers have for years pursued bills aimed at reducing gun violence in the state, but have made virtually no progress. Do you see a potential path to meaningful legislation in this area? If so, what approaches would have the best chance of moving forward? If not, please explain your thinking.
Below are the responses the position received from candidates on this question:
I agree with the recent bipartisan gun safety bill that was recently signed into law that urges states to pass “red flag” laws that allow people to petition the courts to remove guns from fire from individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others. It also expands background checks for 18-21 year olds. It also further limits those convicted of domestic violence to their partners.
Maciel told the Post that he has stopped campaigning for that race, but will still be on the ballot.
My father was a hunting guide and my children are scouts. I understand that owning firearms is a huge responsibility. That’s why I support sensible gun laws that save lives. We must expand background checks on all gun sales, restore legislation that requires licensing and training to carry a gun, and treat gun violence as the public safety issue that it is.
I believe the path to meaningful legislation must start with small steps. Making small changes that opposing viewpoints can accept will build trust and form common ground on an issue. These small changes may not seem significant at first, but they can alter the inertia and initiate movement in a different direction. For the sake of transparency, I wish to disclose that I am an athlete, own firearms (shotguns and rifles), and participate in hunting and occasionally other shooting sports. I recently completed the NRA Candidate Survey and answered the NRA’s question about banning high-capacity magazines as follows;
Waterfowl hunters have accepted a 3-round magazine limit since the 1930s, several states added the 3-round magazine limit to deer hunting regulations. I think a 3 shot limit for deer hunting, upland bird hunting and small game hunting in Kansas is reasonable regulation that sportsmen could accept and would be a small step forward.
On Thursday, we will publish the candidates’ answers to the fourth question:
Climate change remains the most requested topic by our readers. What role should the legislature play in improving climate resilience here in Kansas? How prioritized is climate change mitigation in your vision for the legislature?