Jury returns guilty verdicts in Kansas gun case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A jury has found two Kansas men guilty of federal firearms violations in a case that repudiates a Kansas law that purports to prevent federal prosecution of anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.

A jury Monday evening convicted Shane Cox in eight counts for illegally making and marketing firearms. They found Cox not guilty in two other counts involving possession of a destructive device. Kettler was found guilty on one count for the purchase of a gun silencer from him.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten told jurors the case would likely be appealed because of the issues involved with the state law. Marten says he can’t change the law at this level, but he anticipated the U.S. Supreme Court might eventually review the case because the issues are this important.

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