Sedgwick County district attorney candidate Marc Bennett said Thursday that an implication by his opponent, Kevin OConnor, that he is anti-gun is not correct.
An OConnor campaign mailer that went out this week said Bennett has not spoken out while (Nola) Foulston has promoted anti-gun agenda.
Foulston, who is retiring as DA, was asked last August by County Commissioner Richard Ranzau to give her opinion on a proposed resolution to allow concealed-carry guns in some county buildings.
In a letter dated Aug. 24, 2011, Foulston said the resolution should not be adopted because it does not advance public safety and welfare; it jeopardizes it.
The commission passed the resolution a week later.
A snapshot of Foulstons letter, including her signature, is included on the mailer.
Bennett, a deputy DA under Foulston, said the mailer is correct in that he didnt speak out on the issue.
I didnt weigh in because thats not my role to weigh in on things like that, Bennett said.
But this notion that because I didnt hold a press conference that readers are to read the inference that Im anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment type of person, thats laughable.
He said he is a member of the National Rifle Association and hasnt missed an opening day of pheasant season since he started hunting in 1979.
I have no issue with concealed carry, Bennett said. As to (allowing concealed carry) in county buildings and on county property, thats for the County Commission to make the rules. The DA doesnt make the law; the DA enforces the law.
OConnor said, All Im saying, he has not spoken out against his boss policy, and his boss is one of his biggest supporters.
Bennett and OConnor, a former deputy DA under Foulston, are running in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.
There are no other candidates, so the GOP primary outcome will determine who is the next district attorney.