Kansas governor asks Trump to pardon men convicted under questionable Obama prosecution

Kansas governor asks Trump to pardon men convicted under questionable Obama prosecution

[Ed. – However you feel about the alleged offense — making and selling unregistered firearms — the federal prosecution was not actually pursued under settled law.  The conflict between state and federal law on the matter could be resolved in either one’s favor — very likely the state of Kansas’s.  Governor Brownback is effectively asking Trump to declare his convictions about this subject by issuing the pardon.  It will be an interesting case to follow.]

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has written a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to pardon two Kansans, whom the Obama administration’s policies abused their rights protected under both the US Constitution’s Second Amendment, as well as the Second Amendment Protection Act of Kansas. …

“In November 2016, two Kansans — Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler — were convicted of alleged federal firearms violations in the U.S. District Court of Kansas in Wichita,” Brownback wrote.  ” The charges against Cox and Kettler were in conflict with our State’s Second Amendment Protection Act, upon which these citizens relied.  Their prosecutions were initiated by  the U.S. Department of Justice during the administration of President Obama.”

“Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder previously had sought to undermine the Second Amendment rights of Kansans by attacking the Second Amendment Protection Act at the time of its enactment.  The unfair prosecutions of Cox and Kettler were no doubt an attempt to further this affront to the State of Kansas and to deter Kansans from the exercise of their constitutional rights.  Unfortunately, Cox and Kettler were the unwitting victims in this overreaching federal attempt to make and example of someone.”

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