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Crime and Courts

Schmidt Asks Federal Court To Dismiss Brady Campaign Lawsuit

Kansas' attorney general has asked a federal court to toss out a challenge asserting that the federal government lacks the authority to regulate firearms manufactured, sold, and kept only in the state.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt's motion Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas seeks to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Brady Campaign wants to overturn the new state law that makes it a felony for any U.S. government employee to try to enforce federal regulations for Kansas-made firearms, ammunition or accessories. It allows lawsuits by the state attorney general or county prosecutors to block federal enforcement attempts.

Schmidt said in a news release yesterday, "There is no actual legal dispute underlying their political and rhetorical complaint."

The lawsuit was filed in July and names Governor Sam Brownback and Schmidt as defendants. The Brady Center says if Kansas enforces its law, it will ignore regulations that protect public safety and help law enforcement agencies combat crime.