The Tenth Amendment

Matt Wilkerson/Pre-AP US History 4/12-11-14

The Tenth Amendment

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

Court Case: United States vs. Lopez

In 1995, for the first time in 50 years, the supreme court ruled that the federal government had acted outside of its power.

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Scenario: Armstrong vs. Massachusettes

In 2012, Michael Armstrong went against the state of Massachusetts claiming that the new law of anti-weaponry exceeded the government's power. He stated that they had acted outside of their ability to make laws and stated that the law was challenged by the 2nd Amendment. The court ruled in Michael's favor and demanded that the law be voided.


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