Former Kansas Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Republican Kris Kobach is calling on the Kansas Congressional Delegation to stand strong and resist any efforts to impose universal background checks on law-abiding citizens.
“The bill that’s front and center on the desk of the Senate is what the Nancy Pelosi controlled House passed in February, which is a universal background check bill,” said Kobach. “That would have done nothing to stop the mass shootings. In fact, both the Dayton and the El Paso shooter passed a background check.”
A lawsuit was filed by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in 2018 against a pawn shop in Kansas over a 2016 incident where an ex-girlfriend bought guns for a man who committed a mass shooting.
Sarah Hopkins pleaded guilty in 2016 to a lesser charge connected to her buying guns for Cedric Ford, who killed three people and injured more than a dozen before he was shot and killed at Excel Industries in Hesston. Universal background checks will not prevent straw purchasers from buying guns.
“It’s been a real problem for decades now in the background check system,” said Kobach. “I think that episode shows that. It also shows that, at the end of the day, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Kobach believes there is a solution Congress can enact, if they want to.
“What Congress can do that would be productive is make all states respect the other states concealed carry licenses,” said Kobach. “If a person from Kansas has a license and wants to travel on a trip across the country, that person can carry in whatever state he or she may go to to protect themselves or others.”
Kobach also asks that the Kansas delegation oppose attempts to enact any red-flag laws that would strip citizens of their weapons without an opportunity to be heard first.