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The Latest: Bevin touts support for gun-ownership rights

October 30, 2019 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the governor’s race in Kentucky (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has touted his staunch support for gun-ownership rights while speaking out against a so-called red-flag proposal to restrict firearms for people perceived as threats.

The governor received an award Wednesday from the National Association for Gun Rights, which has about 5.5 million members nationwide.

During the statehouse event, Bevin said he opposes a proposal that would allow courts to issue temporary orders barring someone from possessing guns based on some showing of imminent danger.

Bevin’s Democratic opponent, Andy Beshear, supports the proposal. The proposal is being promoted by a bipartisan group of Kentucky senators. Bevin says a red-flag law is a “slippery slope” and would erode the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

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10 a.m.

Democrat Andy Beshear is stressing education and health care issues as he starts a statewide bus tour with less than a week left in his effort to unseat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky.

At a Wednesday rally in Louisville, Beshear said he beat Bevin in their five recent debates and predicted he’ll do it again in next week’s election. They wrapped up their final debate Tuesday night.

Beshear said the future of public education and the availability of health care for the needy are at stake. Beshear has criticized Bevin’s support for charter schools and the governor’s Medicaid proposal that would require some “able-bodied” recipients to get a job, go to school or volunteer to keep their benefits.

Bevin plans to tout his support for gun rights later Wednesday.