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Gun control discussed at District 1 runoff debate

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic duked it out at their final debate Monday. The two are going against each other in the runoff for the vacant first congressional seat.

There were over 100 people in attendance, and they hammered both candidates with some tough questions. One of the big topics discussed was gun control.

Frank Postma's grandson was one of the victims of the fatal shooting at Clemson University last December. Since that incident, Postma said he's become a strong advocate for gun control.

"I'm not against guns. I'm an ex service man myself. I just feel that there's a better way to control it. Like limit it to the same type of weapons that are allowed for hunting. There's no need for anything else," he said.

Postma asked each candidate what their views were on gun control.

"I am a strong supporter of the second amendment. I believe it was placed there for a specific purpose," said Bostic.

"I would have to echo Curtis. I believe the second amendment is the teeth behind every other amendment we have, and at the end of the day it's not about shooting a duck, it's about the ability of folks to push back against federal power and unlimited federal power."

Sanford said Washington doesn't need to create new laws restricting guns, they should focus on the current laws we have.

"At the end of the day, as tragic as it is, I don't think that your grandson wouldn't have been anymore protected with a bunch of new laws on gun control," said Sanford.

"I would say guns are not the issue. We've had guns and assault weapons for many years, they haven't changed. What has changed is us, and that's the issue," said Bostic.

Even though both candidates answered his question, Postma said he's still undecided.

The runoff is scheduled for Tuesday. Whoever wins will face Elizabeth Colbert-Busch in a May 7 election.

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