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Brady Bill:
Printz v. United States
Mack v. United States

(consolidated)
Argued: Dec. 3, 1996 Decided: June 27, 1997
Vote: 5 to 4
At Issue: Whether Congress has the right to compel state law enforcement officers to perform background checks on handgun buyers and perform other tasks federally mandated by the Brady Bill.
Decision: The Court struck down a key portion of the Brady Act and offered greater protection for state sovereignty.


Read the full text of the Printz v. United States decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Listen to the Printz v. United States oral argument in RealAudio at the Oyez Oyez Oyez Web site.


Background from The Post
Court Nixes Part of Brady Gun-Control Law (June 28, 1997)
States May Not Be Compelled 'to Implement . . . Federal Regulatory Programs' (June 28, 1997)
Little Effect Predicted on Gun Checks (June 28, 1997)
Legislative Remedy Is Unlikely (June 28, 1997)
Justices Joust Over States' Rights (Dec. 4, 1996)
Guns and Paperwork (editorial) (Dec. 3, 1996)


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