Kris Kobach is courting the National Rifle Association to come to Kansas.
The Kansas Republican, who is running for governor, tweeted over the weekend that “Kansans love our right to keep and bear arms.”
“I’ve reached out to the @NRA and urged them to bring the #NRA Annual Meeting and Convention to Kansas,” Kobach said. “Kansans are dedicated to protecting the 2nd Amendment!”
In an earlier tweet, Kobach said that “Kansas is the most pro-gun state in America.”
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Kobach’s urging the NRA to come to Kansas comes amid controversy surrounding the gun rights organization after the most recent mass shooting at a school.
An NRA spokesman was quoted in a Feb. 20 Washington Post story as saying the group had no intention to back away from the May convention set to be held in Dallas, Tex. The paper reported that earlier Dallas mayor pro tem Dwaine Caraway had said “I am saying to the NRA, reconsider yourselves coming to Dallas.”
Gov. Jeff Colyer, who is running against Kobach for the Republican nomination for governor, also has waded into the gun debate. Colyer said last week that President Donald Trump’s proposal to give teachers bonuses for carrying guns “may be (a) good solution.”
In a Breitbart column last week, Kobach wrote that “the time has come for schools to allow willing teachers, coaches, and staff to be armed, provided they obtain a concealed carry permit and take appropriate training.”
Last year, an effort to roll back a state law allowing concealed firearms on college campuses failed in the Legislature. Lawmakers did, however, go against the NRA’s wishes by passing a bill that allows public hospitals to continue banning concealed firearms.
Kobach’s comment drew the ire of Jo Ella Hoye, a leader with the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“I really think that our elected officials should be focusing on protecting public safety and not trying to score points with NRA leadership,” she said.