MISSOULA - The Montana Supreme Court says Missoula does not have the authority to enact background checks on guns sold in city limits.

The opinion from the 5-judge panel, issued Tuesday afternoon, says Missoula's background check ordinance passed in 2016 misinterprets how much authorities cities have to regulate firearms sales.

The opinion overturns a lower court’s ruling and sides with Republican Attorney General Tim Fox, who sued to overturn the city's law. 

A five-justice panel signed off on the decision.

Story updated with corrected information on the number of justices agreeing with the decision Oct. 22.

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