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US v. Lopez
Transcript of US v. Lopez
The Court, the decision held that Congress had exceeded its authority by enacting the Gun-Free School Zone law under the Interstate Commerce Clause. The Court found the "Gun-Free School Zones Act" too far removed to be applicable under that constitutional provision.
The Commerce Clause is intended to regulate activities that affect interstate commerce, and that the 1990 statute failed to meet even the most superficial requirements of that particular enumerated power.
1.No economic activity was involved.
2.The federal government lacked jurisdiction because there was no evidence the handgun had been or would be moved between the states.
3.There was a lack of supporting evidence of a link between guns and education.
The Supreme Court reviewed the case November 8th 1994.
5-4 majority rule in favor of Lopez Wallace B. Jefferson Priscilla Owen Paul W. Green Nathan Hecht
Dale Wainwright Phil Johnson Scott A. Brister Harriet O'Neal David M. Medina Supreme Court Justices The Lopez decision made significant changes by Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush on the Court. The decision affirmed the strong interest of the high court in supporting state sovereignty. The Impact The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Alfonzo Lopez on April 26th of 1995. Lopez thus marked the first time in more than 50 years that the Court limited Congress's commerce power. The Court's decision in Lopez and the cases that followed it may be the harbinger of a developing constitutional revolution in federalism. The most important thing was the decision affirmed the strong interest of the high court in supporting state sovereignty.
Impact Several other recent cases limit federal power without expressly relying upon the Tenth Amendment. United States v. Lopez struck down federal laws of the Commerce Clause. To the extent that the Tenth Amendment is a principle of enumerated federal power, those decisions implicate the Tenth Amendment, as does every decision involving the scope of federal power. 10th Amendment THE END!