Seven States Join Firearms-Freedom-Act Showdown

_A growing list of states joining the legal battle over federal gun control argued Monday that Congress can't regulate guns made and sold within a state. The argument over gun control, sparked with the "firearm freedoms act" first enacted in Montana and subsequently in other states, is leading to a constitutional showdown over the reach of Congress into state borders….

__Utah, Alabama, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia all signed on to the lawsuit. The states argue that the U.S. Constitution gives them the right to control activities inside state borders, and they want the authority to do so under the firearms freedom acts advancing around the country….

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, saying states can't exempt themselves from national gun control laws. The agency says that federal gun control is a "valid exercise of Congress' commerce power under the Constitution."_