Dem Senator calls for investigation after featured in hidden-camera video on gun control (VIDEO)

After footage surfaced of embattled Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill apparently embracing more gun regulations she has gone on the offensive.

McCaskill, a Democrat first elected to the Senate in 2006, is currently in a tough re-election battle against Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley in a state where Donald Trump outpaced Hillary Clinton by nearly 20 points in 2016.

While her campaign site is officially mum on gun control and she hasn’t been endorsed by any large anti-gun groups this election cycle, she may have been metaphorically torpedoed by her own comments this week.

Project Veritas, a controversial non-profit organized by conservative political activist James O’Keefe that has a history of investigating politicians and left-leaning groups by means of hidden camera interviews, published footage of McCaskill and her staffers talking about gun policy. Although McCaskill has backed a stalled prohibition on bump stocks, she is one of the few Dems that has not signed on to support the Senate version of a rebooted federal assault weapons ban. The footage seems to show her and staffers embracing both concepts.

The videos were quickly cited by pro-gun groups such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Rifle Association — the latter of which is backing Hawley in the campaign — as at least prima facie evidence that the Democrat would support gun bans and more regulation if returned to the Senate while hiding her views from voters.

“.@McCaskill4MO got caught trying to deceive voters,” said the NRA on Twitter. “She wants them to believe she defends #2A rights, but in truth, she supports the Schumer/Bloomberg extreme gun control agenda. How do we know? She just admitted it ON TAPE!”

McCaskill, in turn, says she has been upfront about her positions, including support of a bump stock ban and expanded background checks, and is asking Hawley’s office to investigate the matter. A 115-page complaint filed on behalf of the Senator with the Attorney General’s office on Thursday demands the Republican appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether Project Veritas violated state laws while making what her campaign contends is a series of scurrilous videos, as reported by the Kansas City Star.

Meanwhile, in a debate Thursday night between the two candidates, McCaskill repeated that she supported the Second Amendment but added that she supports “gun safety” measures at the same time.

Voters head to the polls in Missouri on Nov. 6.

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