Judge rules against background checks.
In Arizona, U.S. District Court Judge John Roll has become the third federal judge to agree that part of the Brady Law violates the Tenth Amendment The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:
. He is the first to say that part of the Brady Law also violates the Fifth Amendment.
Judge Roll's opinion does not knock out the waiting period for handgun purchases, but it does strike at the very concept of the federal government requiring local law enforcement officers to conduct background checks.
The suit was brought by Graham County Graham County is the name of three counties in the United States:
The government had attempted to defuse some of the arguments of Sheriff Mack by issuing a letter saying that it had no intention of seeking criminal penalties for chief law enforcement officers (CLEOs) who fail to conduct checks.
Government attorneys also argued that the sheriff did not have standing because while he may be a state official, he is not the state.
But Judge Roll did not accept that argument, ruling, "The court finds the standing and jurisdiction argument presented by the United States to fall on all fronts. It is irrefutable irrefutable - The opposite of refutable. that the Act specifically imposes certain duties on a particular category of individuals -- the CLEOs.
"Should Sheriff Mack disregard his statutory responsibilities, he would place himself at risk of its criminal penalties."
The court also ruled that the executive branch cannot amend a statute by fiat.
In addition, Judge Roll found that the provision of the Brady Law which requires a "reasonable" attempt be made to check a prospective buyer's background was "void for vagueness void for vagueness adj. referring to a statute defining a crime which is so vague that a reasonable person of at least average intelligence could not determine what elements constitute the crime. ."
"Reasonable effort is not defined by statute," the judge wrote.
Tanya Metaksa, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, praised the decision. She said, "It is gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. that federal judges concur in arguments NRA NRA
(National Rifle Association of America) organization that encourages sharpshooting and use of firearms for hunting. [Am. Pop. Culture: NCE, 1895]
See : Hunting made against the Act when it was in bill form."
Mrs. Metaksa noted that even while individual sheriffs are challenging the Brady Law in court, the National Sheriffs' Association The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is a U.S. non-profit trade association dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among U.S.sheriffs, their deputies and others in the fields of criminal justice and public safety. has passed a resolution to strongly oppose the oppressive anti-gun bill known as Brady II.