10th Amendment

Limiting Federal Powers

The 10th Amendment

The powers are not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or tot the people.

Citations :)

Orr, Tamra. Tenth Amendment : Limiting Federal Powers. New York: Rosen Central, 2011. Ebook.


In California, a boy was arrested for possession of a concealed handgun in a high school. He was taken to court a few weeks after being arrested. The government decided that they went to far as well, so he was charged for a fine and was let go but his handgun was taken until he got a legal permit to carry one.

Court Case

United States vs. Lopez. The Supreme Court had ruled that the federal government had acted outside its power under the commerce clause. In this case, a senior at a Texas High School brought a concealed handgun to school with him. He was arrested and charged with violating the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. In United States vs. Lopez, the supreme court that congress had exceeded its constitutional authority when it passed the 1990 law prohibiting gun possession in local school zones.