Gubernatorial candidates talk gun rights following Orlando massacre

Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, in which the assailant used an assault weapon to kill at least 49 people, doesn’t appear to have changed anything in the Missouri gubernatorial contest.

The state’s four Republican candidates have made clear for months that they support gun rights, and several — notably former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway — have pressed for expansion.

The likely Democratic nominee, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, delivered strong words last week condemning gun violence. But he also has not backed away from his stance on gun rights that earlier has won him endorsements from the National Rifle Association.

GOP contender Eric Greitens has also continued to air his TV ad that features him firing with an M4 rifle, the type the former Navy SEAL used in Iraq.

And while candidates in both parties offered prayers for the victims and condemnation at the shootings, none of the four Republicans indicated any change in their positions on gun rights.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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