Kansas Republicans share differing opinions on teachers with guns

Candidates for governor debated on live TV

July 11, 2018 - 4:39 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican candidates for Kansas governor are differing on whether the state should encourage public schools to allow teachers to be armed to stop shootings.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Tuesday that he supports arming teachers because schools need "a good guy with a gun" in their buildings. He made the comment during a debate for GOP candidates televised live by KWCH in Wichita and WIBW in Topeka.

Kobach is trying to unseat Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Aug. 7 primary. Colyer said arming teachers is a local issue and he would support decisions by local school boards to do so.

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett said he opposes the idea. Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer said he favors making sure that each school has an armed officer.

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