POLI: Hooray for the 10th Amendment

Anton Sherwood (dasher@netcom.com)
Tue, 1 Jul 1997 22:09:10 -0700

Mike Lorrey reports--
: Concluding their 1997 term, the Supreme Court Justices ruled 5-4 in
: favor of states rights proponents and against the Federal Brady Law.
: They ruled that federal law cannot commandeer the resources and time of
: state officials without compensation to administer the requirements of
: federal regulation. It is a usurpation of states 10th Amendment rights.

That's a bit odd, since the Federalist Papers predicted that Federal acts
would be enforced mostly by state and local officers. There are other
Tenth Amendment grounds for killing the Brady Act!

Now, if only they'd recognize that commandeering the resources and time
of private parties is also an usurpation of our Fifth Amendment rights.

: Given that state and local officials will no longer be administrating
: the law, the feds are now forced to move forward with the InstaCheck
: program, which is a nationwide database of criminals who are barred
: from purchasing guns.

Does this mean every gun shop has to buy a terminal, or what?

: What remains is that a watchdog organization be given oversight to the
: Instacheck program to ensure that this system is not used to collect
: information on the gun buying habits of law abiding citizens.

They'd never do that - it's illegal!

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