A battle is brewing over a new state law in Kansas that says the federal government cannot regulate weapons made or owned in the state.
UT Arms gun store in Kansas City, KS, is where KCTV5's Dave Jordan met up with gun enthusiasts and there was no shortage of opinions on the issue. Many of them believe that the federal government wants to restrict their Second Amendment rights and they completely support the new law.
Friday night was busy at UT Arms with scores of customers taking a look at the inventory, some of which they were hoping to add to their gun collection.
"My dad was a gunsmith. I grew up around guns my entire life. It's just a way of life for me." Gun owner Justin Atwood said.
It's a way of life he and many others don't want to go away.
"I like how Wayne LaPierre, the NRA (executive vice) president, has been standing up for our rights to own firearms," gun owner Mike Degginger said.
That's why both men are throwing their support behind the Second Amendment Protection Act Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law last month. The new law prevents the federal government from regulating any weapon made or owned in Kansas. The measure stems from a concern that the feds would take away or restrict weapons in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
"I'm proud of Kansas for standing up and protecting the Second Amendment rights, our constitutional rights," said Mark Jessup, a manager at UT Arms.
But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder cited the law as unconstitutional in a recent letter to Brownback. University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor Allen Rostron agrees.
"I think they know it's unconstitutional and sometimes laws get passed even though they know it's unconstitutional," Rostron said. "They're trying to make a point."
The law professor said it's unclear what impact the law will have on Kansas gun owners, at least right now.
Holder has threatened to take Kansas to court over the law.
Eight other states have similar laws on the books preventing federal oversight of state-owned weapons.
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