Thursday, August 13, 2009

Will Michigan Nullify Federal Gun Laws?

To bring everyone up to speed, the 9th and 10th amendments to the Constitution say:

"Amendment 9 - Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791.

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."

Amendment 9 is saying that just because the Constitution lists certain rights, that shouldn't be misconstrued to be the only rights the People have.

Amendment 10 says anything not expressly granted to the Federal government is reserved for the States or the People.

That is something which the Federal government has pretty much ignored as it doesn't suit it. Article I Section 8 lists the powers of the Federal government. It's not a very long list, go ahead and read it and see if you can think of anything the Federal government does that isn't covered by those powers listed.

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