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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke The governor has kept to his previous pledge to “take” the AR-15 and AK-47 away from civilians if elected.

“I still hold that view,” said former presidential candidate, whose real name is Robert Francis O’Rourke. said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.


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“Look, we’re a state that has a long, proud tradition of responsible gun ownership,” O’Rourke said. “And here in Texas most of us don’t want to see our friends, our family members, our neighbors getting shot with these weapons of war. So yes, I still hold that view.”

O’Rourke, running for president in 2020, famously said on a debate stage that “hell yes” he was going to take guns from Americans if he was elected.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke, center, claps for supporters during a campaign stop in San Antonio, Tuesday, November 16, 2021.  O'Rourke announced Monday that he would run for governor of Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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“Oh yeah, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke said in Houston, Texas. “We will no longer allow it to be used against our fellow Americans.”

In a CNN interview, O’Rourke called on Republican Governor Greg Abbott on the issue of gun control.

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. speaks during a news conference in San Antonio.  Governor Abbott defends Texas's near ban on abortion, says women and girls who are raped will not be forced to give birth because of new law "Provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to have an abortion." (AP Photo/Eric Gay, FILE)

“We don’t want extremism in our gun laws,” O’Rourke said. “We want to protect the Second Amendment, we want to protect the lives of our fellow Texans. And I know that when we come together and stop this divisive extremism that we see right now from Greg Abbott, We’re going to be able to do that.”

vote released Abbott showed up over the weekend with a 6-point lead over O’Rourke.