Court backs Holder’s view on gun law

When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Gov. Sam Brownback this spring informing him that the state’s new “Made in Kansas” gun law was unconstitutional, Brownback responded that “the people of Kansas have clearly expressed their sovereign will.” But the courts are siding with Holder. A federal appeals court ruled last week against a similar law in Montana that says that firearms or ammunition that are manufactured in that state and remain within its borders are not subject to federal law or federal regulations. The Ninth Circuit ruled the law was preempted by federal law requiring gun sellers to record transactions, pay license fees and open their business to government inspectors, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office warned lawmakers last session that the law would be unenforceable – but they passed it anyway.