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Brady Center plans lawsuit over legal exemption for Kansas-made guns

  • Eagle Topeka bureau
  • Published Monday, July 7, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.

A national gun control organization announced plans Monday to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Kansas over a law that exempts Kansas-made firearms from federal laws.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says that the state’s Second Amendment Protection Act, signed by the governor last year, should be struck down as unconstitutional.

The law says firearms made in the state that have not crossed state lines are exempt from all federal gun control laws.

The Brady Center says the law allows the sale of guns to individuals who would otherwise be barred, including domestic abusers, and hinders law enforcement’s ability to fight gun crime. The law prohibits background checks on guns made in Kansas and allows manufacturers to make guns without serial numbers, according to the Brady Center.

The Kansas attorney general’s office would not comment on the issue before the suit is filed and can be reviewed.

“The right to keep and bear arms is a right that Kansans hold dear,” Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement. “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 Brady Center plans to talk about the specifics of the lawsuit in a news conference Wednesday.

Reach Bryan Lowry at 785-296-3006 or blowry@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BryanLowry3.

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