Kansas House Committee OKs Gun Measure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Kansas House committee has passed a bill that says the federal government has no power to regulate firearms, ammunition or gun accessories manufactured and sold in Kansas.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Wednesday removed a provision that would have made it illegal for any doctor other than a psychiatrist to ask patients about gun ownership. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the committee passed the measure on a voice vote.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office has raised concerns about aspects of the measure that could run up against the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause, which says federal law takes precedence over state law when the two conflict.

The state attorney general's office also estimates it could incur about $625,000 in legal fees to defend the law.

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