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It is no surprise that the most significant handgun control law passed by Congress has produced a potential blockbuster case before the U.S. Supreme Court. After all, intense debate has been going on for years over the extent of the right to bear arms under

the Second Amendment. Congress took more than a decade to pass the Brady Handgun Control Act of 1993, 18 U.S.C. § 922(s), named for James Brady, the press secretary to President Reagan who was wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt. But while a pair of cases challenging the Brady Act might have been expected to provide the setting for a constitutional showdown over the meaning of the Second Amendment, they have instead become another battleground in the Court's ongoing struggle over federalism.



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