Listening to the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor, one might think they’re campaigning for sheriff rather than the leader of the state Senate.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his three challengers for the GOP nomination all own and carry concealed handguns, and they talk tough on crime and easy on the Second Amendment. Two have even raffled off guns as part of their campaign activities.
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Gun politics in other states
After last year’s mass shootings, Colorado was the only state beyond the Democratic strongholds of New York, California and Connecticut to pass gun control legislation. Gun control measures died in Congress, as well as in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Delaware.
Recall votes in Colorado: Democratic voters Tuesday helped remove two Democratic state senators who had voted for tighter gun control — an ouster that was seen as both intensely local and as a national test of what can happen to lawmakers who support gun restrictions in battleground states.
Guns in schools in Arkansas: A state board voted Wednesday to allow 13 school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards, despite a warning from the Arkansas attorney general that the licensing law they relied upon was intended for private businesses.
— Associated Press