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Printz v. United States
Citation:521 U.S. 898 (1997)
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Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993. Before the federal background check system was developed, the law required a “chief law enforcement officer” of local jurisdictions to conduct background checks similar to those required under the federal law. Petitioners challenged the requirement of local executive action as impermissible encroachment on the power reserved for states under the Tenth Amendment.
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