BILLINGS, Mont. -- Gun control advocates and law enforcement groups are asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court ruling that said states cannot shrug off federal gun laws and replace them with their own.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, International Brotherhood of Police Officers and other groups this week urged the appellate panel to reject a gun rights lawsuit launched in Montana as unconstitutional.
The lawsuit argues states should decide rules to control the sale and purchase of guns and paraphernalia made inside their borders. It involves Montana, Utah, Alabama, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia.
Opponents say state "firearm freedom acts" would allow felons to obtain guns without background checks and make it harder to trace guns used in crimes.