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Josecarlos Ruiz Govt 2302 Jeff Shine United States vs. Lopez The United States Congress has many powers described and given by the constitution, with many of them we are very familiar with, while others we are not. These powers are given to provide and secure a well organized form of government in where all parts including the executive and judiciary branches have an equal number of responsibilities. In the United States’ Constitution the clause that gives the Congress power over Commerce is described as the following: "[The Congress shall have power] to regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes." In 1992, Eighteen year old Alfonso Lopez Jr. carried a 38 caliber revolver along with five cartridges into his high school located in San Antonio, TX. The young man was confronted by school authorities, and he later admitted to have the gun and was charged under state law for possession of a firearm on school premises. The next day these charges were dropped as he later was charged with violation of the federal law statue of the "Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990". This act passed in 1990 and is illustrated as follows: "It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone." It is important to note that school zones extend as far as one
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2011 for the course GOVT 2302 taught by Professor Jeffshine during the Spring '09 term at Lone Star College System.

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