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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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Greenfield Recorder  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Massachusetts: ‘Privilege’ comment riles gun rights supporters

“We have some folks in this room who believe it is a privilege and we have some folks ...

Radio New Zealand  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CNMI passes 'ineffective' gun law

The Northern Marianas governor has passed a law banning handguns in the territory - but it can't be ...

Worcester News  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hillary Clinton tells UK students about her support for gun control

And Dafi Griffiths, Head Boy at Newent, was able to ask Mrs Clinton:“Did you share Barack Obama’s views ...

Los Angeles Times  

Monday, October 23, 2017

California: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom fights NRA over gun control law in federal court

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked the courts to lift an order that blocks California’s ban on large-capacity ...

North Jersey  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Stun gun ban to end in New Jersey

If your dream of owning a stun gun has been thwarted by the state’s decades-long ban, you’re in ...

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

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Second Amendment  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

What happens to the 400 million or so firearms already in private hands? How does society actually benefit ...

National Review  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bret Stephens Indeed Does Not Understand the Second Amendment

His column is not a rigorous one. Indeed, it is barely a column so much as it is ...

Washington Post  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

D.C. will not appeal concealed carry gun ruling to Supreme Court

District officials will not appeal a court order blocking enforcement of the city’s restrictions on the carrying of ...

Mediaite  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

NY Times Columnist Calls For Repealing 2nd Amendment

“I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment,” New York Times columnist Bret Stephens opens ...

Fox News  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Michael Moore Calls for Repeal of 'Ancient & Outdated' 2nd Amendment

Michael Moore thinks it's time to repeal the 2nd Amendment and replace it with a 28th Amendment that ...

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.