A Kansas gun law apparently unconstitutional
This year the Kansas Legislature passed a “Made in Kansas” gun law. The law … similar to one passed in Montana … says firearms or ammunition that are manufactured in the state and remain within its borders are not subject to federal law or federal regulations.
Governor Brownback said “the people of Kansas have clearly expressed their sovereign will”. Well, here’s one Kansan who thinks the law is completely unnecessary … and little more than ultra-right-wing chest thumping.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Governor Brownback, saying the law is unconstitutional. Now, the Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that the Montana law is preempted by federal law requiring gun sellers to record transactions, pay license fees, and open their business to government inspectors.
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office warned state lawmakers that the Kansas law is unenforceable. They passed it any way.
I suppose they proved a point; that Kansas lawmakers can pass unneeded, unenforceable laws.
Our thought for today is from Robert Louis Stevenson:
“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”