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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke is standing by his earlier pledge to “take” AR-15s and AK-47s away from residents if he’s elected governor.

​”I still hold this view,” the previous presidential candidate, whose actual identify is Robert Francis O’Rourke, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. 

In this Sept. 7, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, in Manchester, NH. He exited the presidential race on Friday after raising approximately $17 million for his campaign. 

In this Sept. 7, 2019 file photograph, Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, speaks in the course of the New Hampshire state Democratic Party conference, in Manchester, NH. He exited the presidential race on Friday after elevating roughly $17 million for his marketing campaign. 
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“Look, we are a state that has a long, proud tradition of responsible gun ownership,” O’Rourke added. “And most of us here in Texas do not want to see our friends, our family members, our neighbors shot up with these weapons of war. So yes, I still hold this view.”

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

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

Democrat Beto O’Rourke, heart, claps for supporters throughout a marketing campaign cease, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in San Antonio. O’Rourke introduced Monday that he’ll run for Texas governor. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” ​O’Rourke mentioned in Houston, Texas. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”​

In the CNN interview, O’Rourke referred to as out Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on the problem of gun management.

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. Gov. Abbott, in defending Texas' near-ban on abortions, says women and girls who are raped won't be forced to give birth because the new law "provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion." (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE – In this March 16, 2020, file photograph, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks throughout a news convention in San Antonio. Gov. Abbott, in defending Texas’ near-ban on abortions, says girls and women who’re raped will not be pressured to give start as a result of the brand new legislation “provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

“We don’t want extremism in our gun laws,” O’Rourke mentioned. “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 from Greg Abbott right now, we’re going to be able to do that.”

Polling released over the weekend reveals Abbott with a 6 level lead over O’Rourke.