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William Rehnquist on Gun Control

Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. Nixon 1972)


Can't use Commerce Clause to criminalize guns

In the Lopez case, the Supreme Court held that Congress lacks authority under the Commerce Clause to criminalize the possession of a firearm in a school zone. The majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, concluded in essence that, because firearm possession in a school zone is non-economic activity that has, at best, an attenuated connection to interstate commerce, it is not subject to Congress's Commerce Clause authority.

Justice Thomas agreed that the law was unconstitutional, but authored a separate opinion explaining that the Supreme Court's post-New Deal era interpretation of the Commerce Clause gives Congress nearly limitless power.

Source: The Freedom Agenda, by Sen. Mike Lee, p.185-186 , Jul 18, 2011

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