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Kansas Seeks to Dismiss Gun Lawsuit Challenge

Associated Press - September 9, 2014 6:26 pm

Kansas has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a national gun control group against a state law that challenges federal authority to regulate firearms.

Kansas has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a national gun control group against a state law that challenges federal authority to regulate firearms.

The state contended in a court filing Monday in U.S. District Court that the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has no legal standing to challenge its law. The statute declares the federal government has no authority to regulate guns made, sold and kept only in Kansas, and allows felony charges against any federal employee who tries to enforce federal regulations for Kansas firearms and ammunition.

The attorney general’s office argues Kansas is enforcing the Second Amendment by punishing violations of the established rights of Kansans.

The Brady Center contends the law ignores regulations that protect public safety and help law enforcement.