Holder sent Brownback a letter on April 26, one day after Senate Bill 102 became effective, warning the governor that federal agencies like the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to regulate federal firearms in Kansas, the state's new law notwithstanding.
S.B. 102 excludes firearms and ammunition in Kansas from federal regulation or authority and allows local law enforcement to arrest anyone, including federal agents, who try to enforce federal regulation of guns in the state.
The Kansas law passed at a time when Congress took up the idea of restricting certain firearms and ammunition clips.
A move to impose background checks did not clear the U.S. Senate in April.
In any event, Holder seemed to see the law as a legislative stunt, and an unconstitutional one at that.
"(T)he United States will take all appropriate action, including litigation if necessary, to prevent the State of Kansas from interfering with the activities of federal officials enforcing federal law," Holder wrote.
Your move, Governor.