TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the conflict between organizers of a small-town Kansas parade and Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach over his use of a jeep with a replica machine gun (all times local):
An attorney says organizers of a small-town Kansas parade won’t try to stop Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach from riding in a jeep with a replica machine gun on the back.
But attorney Daniel Schowengerdt said Friday night that the organizing committee for Iola’s Farm City Days expects Kobach to put a sign on the jeep during Saturday’s parade saying the committee doesn’t condone the display of “large scale military weapons” during the event. He said the sign will say the committee does support gun rights.
The organizers previously told Kobach he had to remove the gun because it clashed with the event’s message of bringing farms and cities together.
Kobach says he believes keeping the gun out of the southeast Kansas parade would violate his free speech rights.
Organizers of a small-town Kansas parade have told Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach that he must remove a replica machine gun from the back of a Jeep to use it in their event.
The Jeep has become a key part of Kobach’s campaign and emblematic of the Kansas secretary of state’s strong support for the right to own guns.
An attorney for the organizing committee for Iola’s Farm City Days said it was in talks Friday with Kobach’s campaign to find a compromise.
Attorney Daniel Schowengerdt said committee members felt the replica gun’s “wartime message” clashed with the event’s message of bringing farms and cities together.
Kobach said that he believes organizers can’t prevent him from using the Jeep in Saturday’s parade in southeast Kansas without violating his free speech rights.
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