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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Printz v. United States
Citation:521 U.S. 898 (1997)
Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to direct state law enforcement officers to participate in the administration of a federally enacted regulatory scheme. Regulated firearm dealers are required to forward Brady Forms not to a federal officer but to the state and local chief law enforcement officers, whose obligations to accept those forms is implicit in the duty imposed upon them to make reasonable efforts to determine whether the sales reflected in the forms are lawful. Petitioners contend that compelled enlistment of state executive officers for the administration of federal programs is unprecedented. The Government contends that the earliest Congresses enacted statutes that required the participation of state officials in the implementation of federal laws.
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