Friday, May 3, 2013

Sam Brownback responds to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on new Kansas gun law

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Good things didnt come in the mail for Brownback on April 26.
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  • Sam Brownback is Eric Holder's pen pal.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have become grudging pen pals in the last week. Brownback lately has been championing a new Kansas law that attempts to shield firearms in the state from federal regulation. It also makes it a felony for federal employees to come to the state to enforce regulations and treaties regarding the weapons.

Holder sent Brownback a letter that basically said the state can't do that. "Kansas may not prevent federal employees and officials from carrying out their official responsibilities. And a state certainly may not criminalize the exercise of federal responsibilities," he scolded the governor.

Brownback didn't care for Holder's stern missive.

So he fired back with a letter of his own. (Read it here.) He responded with his own constitutional arguments.

"The people of Kansas have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed their commitment to protecting this fundamental right. The people of Kansas are likewise committed to defending the sovereignty of the State of Kansas as guaranteed in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution," he wrote.

He also pointed to the bill's bipartisan support (not that broad support makes it constitutional): "The measure was adopted by a vote of 35 to 4 in the Kansas Senate with the Democrat Senate Minority Leader supporting the bill."

He closed the letter by asking that Holder take another look at the law. "The people of Kansas have clearly expressed their sovereign will. It is my hope that upon further review, you will see their right to do so," he wrote.

Now Brownback is no doubt breathlessly running to check the mailbox each afternoon, hoping for Holder's next letter.

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