Kansas GOP Rep. Steve Watkins faces calls for tougher gun laws

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 13:41:42-04

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)  — Republican Rep. Steve Watkins is getting heat from frustrated eastern Kansas constituents who want him to publicly endorse proposals for tougher gun laws.

Several people left a town hall meeting Monday in Topeka unhappy with the freshman congressman's answers on gun issues. Watkins spoke to an audience of about 40 people at the offices of civil engineering firm.

Local gun-control advocate Danielle Twemlow pushed Watkins to support stronger background checks for firearm purchases and a law allowing authorities to take guns from people deemed a danger to themselves and others.

Watkins didn't endorse either proposal during the meeting, and a testy back and forth with some audience members followed.

But after the town hall, Watkins told reporters he is willing to look at a proposal for a so-called red-flag law.