McCready, Bishop and two other candidates are facing a special election on
Bishop said he is willing to at least debate limiting high-powered weaponry and passing "red-flag laws." Those laws allow someone's guns to be seized, at least temporarily, if concerns are raised that they pose an imminent danger.
"I don't rule out the possibility that some form of weapon needs to be prohibited," Bishop said. He said his conditions for potential gun laws would be that they respect Constitutional gun ownership protections and limited "liberal judges" from going too far.
"Beyond that, I'm open to discussing every idea," Bishop said.
McCready said he "absolutely" wants red-flag laws, which he said Americans across the political spectrum support. The former Marine Corps officer said he also would require everyone buying guns to undergo background checks, eliminating a loophole that currently requires the checks for purchases at stores but not private sales.
"One of these crazy white nationalist guys could just roll up into a gun show right here in
Both candidates largely ignored a question on what they would do to guarantee people affordable health coverage if the federal Obamacare law is scrapped.
Bishop, who favors repealing the Affordable Care Act, later said he would replace it with "innumerable market-based innovations."
One example the Republican state senator highlighted is legislation he sponsored that was recently passed allowing farmers, small businesses and trade associations to group together for insurance. The goal is helping people who can't afford insurance coverage on their own or companies that can't offer it because the premiums are so high.
The plans cannot deny coverage to someone with a pre-existing condition, but they also aren't required to cover all the medical services from prescription drugs to chronic disease management required by the ACA.
"If you get sick, the insurance company doesn't even have to pay for your medication," McCready said.
The special election was called after ballot fraud aimed at helping the Republican in last year's race was discovered. Mark Harris, the
Last year's voided election means McCready, who started a
Bishop is a lawyer and Christian conservative who served on the
Bishop has emphasized his strict allegiance to Trump, including his support of Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.
McCready has focused on health care and education issues and said he won't support investigating whether Trump should be impeached. He has avoided associations with congressional
The election has drawn millions of dollars from super PACs and dark-money groups eager to crowd local television with advertisements blasting their opponents.
On Tuesday, Trump announced he would visit