The state's House Appropriations Committee was debating financing for controlling the feral swine problem, the Lawrence Journal World reports, when one legislator suggested the problem could be handled by shooting them from helicopters. Peck offered: "It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem."
Scott Rothschild of the Journal World reports Peck as saying, when asked about the comment, that he was just joking:
Asked about his comment, Peck was unapologetic. "I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person," he said.
He said most of his constituents are extremely upset with illegal immigration and the state and federal government response.
He said he didn't expect any further controversy over his comment. "I think it's over," he said.
Here's the audio, via Roy Rogers at Dome On The Range: