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Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke twice avoided a question during a debate Friday night when asked whether he would confiscate the AR-15, as he had previously said.

On Friday night, Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, and Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, debated.


During the debate, moderators broadcast a video clip of the 2019 Democrat presidential debate that took place on October 12.

O’Rourke said on October 12, 2019, “H–Yeah, we’re going to have your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against the Americans anymore.”

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However, the moderator pointed out that O’Rourke told reporters in February that he was “not interested in taking anything from anyone.”

“Are you up for confiscation of AR-15 style weapons or not?” the moderator asked.

“Having lost 23 of my neighbors to someone armed with a weapon of war. After talking to these families, who in Uvalde could only identify their children by the shoes they wore, it’s clear to me that AR – 15 is the only place or AK-47 that makes sense is on the battlefield. But as governor of the state of Texas, I need to focus on what we can do, lower the minimum age of purchase Extending 21. We can accomplish this. Red flag law. We’ll get it done. Universal background check. We’ll get it done. We will make progress and take action where this governor has failed,” O’Rourke said.

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O'Rourke holds a town hall on August 6, 2022 in Waco, Texas

The moderator asked O’Rourke again, “Yes or no, are you up for confiscation of AR-15-style weapons?”

O’Rourke shrugged off the question again, giving no yes or no answer.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference on September 13, 2022 in Houston, Texas.  Greg Abbott speaks with Douglas Griffith, president of the Houston Police Officers Union, at the 'Back the Blue' press conference where he addressed efforts supporting Texas law enforcement.

“I’m here to make sure we make progress. The family I was with from Uvalde want us to take action. It’s common ground. I’ve heard Republicans and Democrats alike on this. We’re on it. Can agree. Very. Raise the age to 21, red flag laws and universal background checks,” O’Rourke said.