Many questions have come up in recent years regarding the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. Many people say that the government should regulate fire arms more. Some say that they should not be aloud in homes at all. I am asking this question; As American citizens do we have the right to have fire arms in our homes without having a permit to own a gun or does this violate the second amendment of our right to bear arms? Throughout this paper I will be trying to answer this question. I will be using research that I have found on things that have changed with the Second Amendment since it was but into affect.
The Second Amendment:
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
The Second Amendment was written: 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 colonial times colonists required all white men to be deputized to defend their settlements against Indians and European powers they had to keep and bear arms at all times. The Second Amendment was put into law to ensure that Congress could not pass laws to disarm state militias. Anti-Federalists wanted this law so they would be ensured that they could keep the right to keep and bear arms as well as the right to revolt against governmental tyranny.
During the 1920’s some states put regulations on firearms most of these laws dealt with slaves possessing firearms. In 1934 Congress passed the National Firearms Act because of the increase of organized crime. This act imposed a tax on automatic weapons and sawed off shotguns. Some people who opposed this act tried to get the supreme court to overturn the National Firearms Act but the supreme court upheld the act saying that the Second Amendment was intended to protect citizens rights to own ordinary militia weapons and not unregistered sawed off shotguns.
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