Each time there is an incident involving firearms, debates rage over the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and whether new gun laws schold be promulgated. However, many people do not know the history of the Second Amendment or how it applies.
Simply put, the Second Amendment protects the right of citizens to keep bear arms. The full text of the Second Amendment states “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.” In more simple terms, this amendment protects the rights of citizens to “bear arms” or own weapons such as guns. Although there is no description of what specifically “arms” entails, our founding fathers certainly included guns within the definition of “arms.”
State constitutions also affirm this right with their own provisions. In Maine, the state constitution goes further than the US Constitution, asserting that the right to keep and bear arms “shall never be questioned.”
In this piece we present a brief overview of recent writings on the Second Amendment to provide context for people who wish to discuss and debate its application.
Presenting a thorough yet concise examination of the Second Amendment, the authors frame the debate over the individual right established in the Second Amendment. Key passages include:
Check back soon for Breaking Down the Second Amendment — Part Two!
Originally published at aaronchadbourne.net on August 20, 2018.
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