Gun-rights group’s lawsuit challenges interstate limits on purchases

by CLAIRE Z. CARDONA, Dallas Morning News  |  published on July 16, 2014

A gun rights group and a North Texas dealer are challenging federal law that limits gun buyers to purchasing handguns only in the state where they live.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth. Arlington retailer Fredric Russell Mance Jr. and two Washington, D.C., residents are also part of the suit from the Washington state-based group.

The suit questions why federal law allows Americans to purchase rifles and shotguns across state lines but not handguns, arguing that the restriction “reduces competition, raises prices and limits consumers’ choice.”

The gun rights advocates said law-abiding citizens who can clear a background check and buy a gun in their home states would also be able to pass the checks in another state.

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