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O’Rourke backpedals previous gun ownership stance amid Texas gubernatorial campaign

FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke listens to a volunteer before a Texas Organizing Project neighborhood walk in West Dallas in this June 9, 2021 file photo. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke listens to a volunteer before a Texas Organizing Project neighborhood walk in West Dallas in this June 9, 2021 file photo. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

FILE – Democrat Beto O’Rourke listens to a volunteer before a Texas Organizing Project neighborhood walk in West Dallas in this June 9, 2021 file photo. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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UPDATED 9:13 AM PT – Friday, February 11, 2022

Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke appears to be backpedaling on the stance he took regarding gun ownership during his 2020 presidential campaign. The Democrat told reporters this week that he isn’t interested in taking guns from anyone and want’s to protect the Second Amendment.

However, O’Rourke was pressed on his statements in a 2019 Democrat presidential debate when he announced his intent to confiscate firearms, saying “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” On top of that, he defended that stance just last November.

“What I want to make sure that we do is defend the Second Amendment, I want to make sure that we protect our fellow Texans far better than we’re doing right now,” claimed O’Rourke. “And that we listen to law enforcement, which Greg Abbott refused to do when he turned his back…when he signed that permitless carry bill that endangers the lives of law enforcement.”

Law enforcement proponents of Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s constitutional carry law say it helps law-abiding citizens protect themselves. Gun rights advocates noted that the bottom line is good people are going to do the right thing and bad actors are going to do what they always do, regardless of the law.

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