gun control is the buzz word that obama,hillary and other left wing nut job used to do away with the second amendment.
And that the way I see it
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The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the right belongs to individuals, while also ruling that the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices. State andlocal governments are limited to the same extent as the federal government from infringing this right per theincorporation of the Bill of Rights.
The Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in English common law and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Sir William Blackstone described this right as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.
In United States v. Cruikshank (1876), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, “The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence” and limited the applicability of the Second Amendment to the federal government. In United States v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a “reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.”
In the twenty-first century, the amendment has been subjected to renewed academic inquiry and judicial interest. InDistrict of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that held the amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms. In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Court clarified its earlier decisions that limited the amendment’s impact to a restriction on the federal government, expressly holding that the Fourteenth Amendment applies the Second Amendment to state and local governments to the same extent that the Second Amendment applies to the federal government. In Caetano v. Massachusetts (2016), the Supreme Court reiterated its earlier rulings that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding” and that its protection is not limited to “only those weapons useful in warfare”.
- 2Pre-Constitution background
- 3Drafting and adoption of the Constitution
- 4Ratification debates
- 5Conflict and compromise in Congress produce the Bill of Rights
- 6Militia in the decades following ratification
- 7Scholarly commentary
- 7.1Early commentary
- 7.2Late 20th century commentary
- 7.3Meaning of “well regulated militia”
- 7.4Meaning of “the right of the People”
- 7.5Meaning of “keep and bear arms”
- 8Supreme Court cases
- 9United States Courts of Appeals decisions before and after Heller
- 10See also
- 11Notes and citations
- 13Further reading
- 14External links
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