Brady Center Challenges Kansas Gun Laws

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KANSAS CITY (WIBW) -- The state is facing a federal lawsuit over legislation on gun rights. On Monday, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said it would file a challenge to the "Second Amendment Protection Act."

The bill voids federal gun laws in Kansas, declaring the federal government has no power to regulate guns, ammunition, and accessories made, sold, and kept in Kansas.

The Brady Center said it will ask the court to declare the law unconstitutional. It will discuss its plans further during a news conference on Wednesday.

Gov. Sam Brownback, signed it into law in April of last year, responded to news of the impending lawsuit in a statement:

“As I have said previously, the right to keep and bear arms is a right that Kansans hold dear. It is a right enshrined not only in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, but also protected by the Kansas Bill of Rights. The people of Kansas have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed their commitment to protecting this fundamental right. The people of Kansas are likewise committed to defending the sovereignty of the State of Kansas as guaranteed in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

A similar law enacted in 2009 in Montana was struck down by the federal courts.

Posted by: Nick Viviani