Gun group urges ouster of Kansas Supreme Court justices

Kansas Supreme Court (KSN photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The political action committee of the Kansas State Rifle Association says its automated phone pitch urging voters to oust “anti-gun” Kansas Supreme Court justices is based on past statements but not on any court rulings.

In the automated call, the Kansas State Rifle Association PAC warns that federal courts in the state are moving to restrict the right to bear arms before pivoting to hit at the state Supreme Court. The Topeka Capital-Journal obtained a recording of the call.

The Kansas judicial retention contests on the ballot Tuesday have been closely-watched this year because the court’s makeup could change considerably if there are ousters. But so far the fight over retention of five state Supreme Court justices has focused mostly on abortion cases and death penalty decisions.