On December 17, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that two California municipal ordinances that sought to ban military recruitment of minors were unconstitutional [PDF]. The court invalidated the ban because it restricted military recruitment of minors to a greater extent than federal law restricts such recruitment. Such a practice is unconstitutional under the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity, which was first articulated in McCulloch v. Maryland.
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