Kansas bill aims to ban discrimination against gun dealers

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(AP) -- A Kansas Senate panel will consider a measure aimed at banning discrimination against gun dealers and manufacturers.
The measure would function like laws that prevent religious or racial discrimination and allow gun dealers to sue when they feel discriminated against.

The Wichita Eagle reports the bill will be heard Thursday by a Senate committee.

Sen. Jacob LaTurner says the measure was in response to a 2013 federal initiative aimed at preventing fraudulent businesses from using the banking system.

The National Rifle Association and others have said that initiative has encouraged banks to sever ties with businesses deemed high risk by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

But a recent FDIC audit found no instances where the FDIC pressured banks to decline services to a firearms or ammunition dealer.