Federal court tosses challenge to Kansas gun law

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WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A federal judge has tossed out a legal challenge from a national gun control group of a Kansas law that asserts the federal government lacks authority to regulate firearms made, sold and kept only in the state.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ruled Friday that the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence failed to show that the state law’s enforcement inflicts an actual or imminent injury on any of its members. Robinson said the federal court therefore lacks jurisdiction to consider the merits of the lawsuit.

She granted the state’s motion to entirely dismiss the case without prejudice, meaning it could be refiled.

The 2013 state law at issue makes it a felony for any U.S. government employee to attempt to enforce federal regulations for Kansas-only firearms or ammunition.

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