Second Amendment

Right to Bear Arms

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights

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.

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Media Library: Second Amendment

Town Hall Video

Jeffrey Rosen and Ali Velshi Discuss Constitutionality of Gun Laws in Second Amendment Cases

Following the tragedies in Georgia and Colorado, the gun debate in America has reemerged.

Mar 30

Blog Post

On this day, a divided Supreme Court rules on the Second Amendment

On June 28, 2010, a deeply divided Supreme Court upholds gun-ownership rights within homes on a national basis, expanding on a…

Jun 28

Educational Video

Scholar Exchange: The Second Amendment Featuring Clark Neily

For Friday’s session, Clark Neily, senior vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute, joins National Constitution…

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