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10/15/2017Gun Control - ProCon.org1/8THELEADINGSOURCEFORPROS& CONSOFCONTROVERSIALISSUESCustom SearchSearchPro 1The Second Amendment is not an unlimited right to ownguns.Gun control laws are just as old or older than the SecondAmendment (rati±ed in 1791). Some examples of gun controlthroughout colonial America included criminalizing the transfer ofguns to Catholics, slaves, indentured servants, and Native Americans;regulating the storage of gun powder in homes; banning loaded gunsin Boston houses; and mandating participation in formal gathering oftroops and door-to-door surveys about guns owned. In the June26, 2008 District of Columbia et al. v. HellerUS Supreme Courtmajority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia, LLB, wrote, "Like most rights,the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. FromBlackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators andco rts ro tinele plained that the rightas not a right to keep andCon 1The Second Amendment of the US Constitution protectsindividual gun ownership.The Second Amendment of the USConstitution reads, "A well regulated militia being necessary to thesecurity of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear armsshall not be infringed." Gun ownership is an American tradition olderthan the country itself and is protected by the Second Amendment;more gun control laws would infringe upon the right to bear arms.Justice Antonin Scalia, LLB, in the June 26, 2008 District of Columbiaet al. v. HellerUS Supreme Court majority opinion syllabus stated,"The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a±rearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm fortraditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home."[ ]TheMcDonaldCitof Chicago(2010) r ling also stated that theThe United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people, or about 270,000,000 guns, which is the highest total and per capita number in the world. 22%of Americans own one or more guns (35% of men and 12% of women). America's pervasive gun culture stems in part from its colonial history,revolutionary roots, frontier expansion, and the Second Amendment, which states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of afree State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."Proponents of more gun control laws state that the Second Amendment was intended for militias; that gun violence would be reduced; that gunrestrictions have always existed; and that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support new gun restrictions. Opponents say that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns; that guns are needed for self-defense from threatsranging from local criminals to foreign invaders; and that gun ownership deters crime rather than causes more crime. Read more background...
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