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Issue Position: Second Amendment

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Greg Orman is a gun owner and certainly doesn't want to impede the rights of his fellow Kansans to own or purchase guns. But he also believes that we can proudly bear our arms and have responsible firearm laws. The safety of our children and citizens doesn't have to be at odds with gun ownership--it doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. Greg believes we should revisit the question of what arms Americans are entitled to bear; in doing so, Greg would repeat the assertions of Brian Mast, the Republican congressman and veteran from Florida: "The Second Amendment is unimpeachable. I accept, however, that it does not guarantee that every civilian can bear any and all arms."

Greg would work to strengthen our background check system. As the NRA has suggested, plugging the holes in our mental health and law enforcement reporting systems would be a good start. That would be in vain, however, if the same person could simply buy a weapon in a private transaction without a background check. As a gun owner, Greg passed a background check--it's a simple process, takes a few minutes, and didn't impede his second amendment rights. The people who are denied gun ownership because of a background check have generally either been judged to be mentally ill, convicted of a crime and sentenced to more than a year in prison, dishonorably discharged from the military, or subject to a domestic abuse restraining order.

Greg believes that we need to re-institute training for individuals that want a concealed carry permit in Kansas. Firearm safety is an important issue to gun owners and non-gun owners alike. The idea that someone can a carry a concealed weapon without a minutes training in Kansas is a clear example of legislators putting politics ahead of public safety.

Finally, Greg would consider raising the age for purchases of military-style semi-automatic rifles to 21 and require additional screening for such purchases; he would also work to stop the sale of bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and any other accessory that allows legal firearms to be easily converted into weapons of mass murder.

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