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What is NRA's position on "smart/personalized" guns?

NRA never has opposed new technological developments in firearms, however, it is opposed to government mandates that require the use of these developments. While a “smart” gun may be appropriate for some people, it is hardly suitable for all purposes. The key to firearms safety is proper education, not misplaced reliance on mechanical devices.

- Smart Guns

- Firearm Safety in America

Why do people need handguns?

Though this is a commonly asked question, a more appropriate question would be: “Why should handguns be banned?” In a free society, the burden of proof is not upon those who would exercise a right but on those who would infringe that right. Private citizens benefit from handguns for the same reason that the police do: handguns are easy to carry, and they are effective defensive tools. Handguns are used for protection more often than they are used to commit violent crimes, and two of every three defensive uses of firearms are carried out with handguns. Survey research shows that people who use firearms for protection are less likely to be injured during a criminal attack than people who use other means of protection or no protection. Handguns are also very widely used for target shooting and they’ve become more commonly used for hunting. Please see:

- The War Against Handguns

- The Right to Carry

- The 'Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act:' Does It Live Up to Its Name?

What does the Second Amendment Mean?

The language and intent of the framers of the Second Amendment were perfectly clear more than two centuries ago. Based on English Common Law, the Second Amendment guaranteed against federal interference with citizens= right to keep and bear arms for personal defense. Also, the revolutionary experience caused the Founding Fathers to address a second concernCthe need for the people to maintain a citizen-militia for national and state defense without adopting a large standing army, which was viewed as the bane of liberty.

Like other amendments in the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment recognizes a preexisting right and protects it from being infringed. As the U.S. Supreme Court said in Cruikshank v. U.S. (1876), the right to arms "is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed." Similarly, in U.S. v. Verdugo-Urquidez (1990), the court observed, "The Second Amendment protects 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.'"

While lower federal courts have been divided on the meaning of the Second Amendment, in each of the few Second Amendment-related cases in which it has ruled, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that the right to arms is an individual right.