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Anti-Gun Violence Group Files Suit over KS Gun Law

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A new Kansas gun law is being challenged in court. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, based in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against Kansas because of a new state law that declares guns made and kept in Kansas exempt from federal gun laws. The new state law is called the "Second Amendment Protection Act."

That's Jonathan Lowy (LOW-ee), with the Brady Center. He says the new Kansas law could prohibit background checks on gun buyers and allow people prohibited from owning firearms to have them. The lawsuit was filed this (WED) morning in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas. It names Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt as defendants.


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Washington, D.C. Group Attacks KS Gun Law, Files Suit

Last year, Kansas passed a law called the "Second Amendment Protection Act." The new law is designed to nullify any federal gun laws that the state of Kansas believes are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.  It also exempts guns manufactured and possessed in Kansas from federal gun laws.  Today (WED), the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a lawsuit against the state, seeking to strike down the law.  The lawsuit names the governor of Kansas and the attorney general as defendants.  Both men issued statements saying they would defend the law, but also declined requests for interviews.   

The group filing suit had no trouble discussing its point of view during a conference call with Kansas reporters.  Alla (AH-LAH) Lefkowitz is an attorney for the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Center.  Here, she discusses what she sees as some of the dangers posed by the "Second Amendment Protection Act."

That's Alla (AH-LAH) Lefkowitz, an attorney for the Brady Center, which has filed a lawsuit against Kansas, hoping to strike down a year-old state gun law.  The suit was filed this (WED) morning in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas.



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