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Supreme Court rejects challenge to regulation of gun silencers

Supreme Court rejects challenge to regulation of gun silencers
Supreme Court justices turned away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating a federal law regulating silencers. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

The Supreme Court is rejecting a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia.

The justices did not comment Monday in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers. The men argued that the constitutional right "to keep and bear arms" included silencers.

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Kansas and seven other states joined in a court filing urging the justices to hear the appeal. The states said the court should affirm that the 2nd Amendment protected "silencers and other firearms accessories."

The other states joining Kansas in the court filing were: Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

President Trump's administration asked the court to stay out of the case and leave the convictions in place.

Shane Cox, owner of a military surplus store, was convicted of making and transferring an unregistered silencer, and customer Jeremy Kettler was convicted of possessing one, all in violation of the 85-year-old National Firearms Act. Both men were sentenced to probation.

Meanwhile, police are trying to determine a motive for the deadly shootings in Virginia Beach, Va. Authorities have said that city employee DeWayne Craddock opened fire in a municipal building on May 31. Police said Craddock was armed with two semiautomatic handguns, a silencer and extended ammunition magazines.

Craddock later was killed in a shootout with police.

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