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Second Amendment & the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life and liberty.

In U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876), Presser v. Illinois (1886), Miller v. Texas (1894) and U.S. v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court recognized that the amendment protects an individual right. It has never taken a different view. However, in Salina v. Blaksley (1905), the Kansas Supreme Court invented the idea that the amendment instead protected a “right” of a person to keep and bear arms only while serving in a state militia, and in U.S. v. Tot (1942), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit advanced the idea that the amendment protects the “right” of a state to have a militia.

In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court heard its first case specifically centered on whether the amendment protects an individual right to arms. Gun control supporters advanced essentially the "Salina" argument, but the Court, consistent with its previous rulings in Second Amendment-related cases, ruled that the amendment protects an individual right to keep arms and to bear arms "in case of confrontation," without regard to a person’s relationship to a militia.

In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the court extended the Second Amendment's protection nationwide.

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Washington Post  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Appeals court upholds Maryland ban on commonly-owned semiautomatic firearms

The 10-to-4 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit vacates an earlier panel decision ...

USA Today  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ACLU: Gun control laws should be fair

This month, Congress repealed a rule that would have registered thousands of Social Security recipients with mental disabilities, ...

Washington Times  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lawmakers continue to push gun-control lie

Looking to gin up gun-control activists, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee tried to use a ...

California:  2017 February Litigation Report

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

California: 2017 February Litigation Report

The NRA and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), are heavily involved in a ...

Investor's Business Daily  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ending Obama's Ban On Some Social Security Beneficiaries From Owning Guns

Do you know anyone who has decided to let someone else manage their finances? Just before Christmas, Obama ...

U.S. House of Representatives  

Monday, February 6, 2017

What They’re Saying about House Action to Protect Rights of All Social Security Beneficiaries

Yesterday, the House voted on a bipartisan basis to pass H.J. Res. 40, a resolution that would protect ...

Politifact  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Does Neil Gorsuch side with 'felons over gun safety,' as Pelosi says?

Pelosi said Gorsuch "comes down on the side of felons over gun safety."There’s one case, Games-Perez, where Gorsuch ...

Florida: Join NRA-ILA Grassroots Director Glen Caroline for a special event in Tavernier

Friday, February 3, 2017

Florida: Join NRA-ILA Grassroots Director Glen Caroline for a special event in Tavernier

Come join your fellow gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters for a fish fry in Tavernier featuring ...

Washington Post  

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hill Republicans move to scrap Obama-era regulations

Republicans appeared to be targeting environmental regulations, but they also addressed the priorities of gun rights groups and ...

Associated Press  

Friday, February 3, 2017

Congress scraps Obama-era rules on guns

The Republican-controlled Congress on Thursday scrapped Obama-era rules on the environment and guns, counting on a new ally ...

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.