Our latest installment in today in Supreme Court history looks at the landmark case of Printz v. United States. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Bill) required “local chief law enforcement officers” (CLEOs) to perform background-checks on prospective handgun purchasers, until such time as the Attorney General establishes a federal system for this purpose. County sheriffs Jay Printz and Richard Mack, separately challenged the constitutionality of this interim provision of the Brady Bill on behalf of CLEOs in Montana and Arizona respectively.
•My Condensed Case Brief – https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/521/898/
•Full Case Brief – https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/521/898/
•Oral Arguments Audio and Transcript – https://www.oyez.org/cases/1996/95-1478
•Syllabus – https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/521/898/#tab-opinion-1960202
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