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The Second Amendment Quiz
by Staff
Take a shot at this Second Amendment quiz, and see if you can hit the bullseye.

The Second Amendment is part of what document?

  • The Federalist Papers
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Articles of Confederation

What right does the Second Amendment protect?

  • to keep and bear arms
  • free speech
  • trial by jury

When was the Second Amendment ratified?

  • 1776
  • 1789
  • 1791

The Second Amendment only applies to a militia and not to individuals.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Who was the author of the Bill of Rights?

  • James Madison
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson

When was the first federal gun control law passed?

  • 1876
  • 1934
  • 1968

Where is the original Bill of Rights document kept?

  • The White House
  • The U.S. Capitol
  • The National Archives

What are the first words of the Second Amendment?

  • "No person shall…"
  • "Congress shall make no law…"
  • "A well regulated Militia…"

The widespread use of the Thompson submachine gun in organized crime prompted which legislation?

  • National Firearms Act of 1934
  • Gun Control Act of 1968
  • Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986

Which U.S. organization advocates for Second Amendment rights?

  • NEA
  • NRA
  • AMA

According to the Congressional Research Service, how many privately-owned guns are there in America?

  • 100 million
  • 200 million
  • 300 million

Which legislation required the licensing of interstate gun dealers?

  • Omnibus Crime Control Act
  • National Firearms Act of 1938
  • The Brady Bill

Which U.S. President signed the National Firearms Acts into law?

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • President Truman
  • President Hoover

Which entity regulates the licensing, sale, possession and transportation of firearms and ammunition?

  • FBI
  • DEA
  • ATF

The Second Amendment protects unlimited rights to gun ownership by U.S. citizens.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Which 1939 U.S. Supreme Court case led to a collective rights approach to the Second Amendment by the court?

  • United States v. Miller
  • District of Columbia v. Heller
  • McDonald v. City of Chicago

What type of firearm was at the heart of the 1939 Supreme Court case of the United States v. Miller?

  • machine gun
  • fully automatic pistol
  • sawed-off shotgun

Why was the National Rifle Association originally founded?

  • advocate for the Second Amendment
  • improve marksmanship
  • increase firearms sales

Which legislation prohibited the sale of firearms to all convicted felons and raised the legal age of handgun purchases to 21?

  • Gun Control Act
  • Firearm Owners Protection Act
  • Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

What event led to the creation of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993?

  • a school shooting
  • workplace gun violence
  • Presidential assassination attempt

The Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 limited the ATF from inspecting gun dealers more than once a year.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 resulted in a federal ban of new semi-automatic assault weapons for how many years?

  • 5
  • 10
  • 15

Which right is guaranteed by the Second Amendment?

  • owning a handgun for self-defense
  • possessing a fully automatic rifle
  • owning a shotgun with a 14-inch barrel

Which U.S. Supreme Court case signified a change in philosophy regarding the Second Amendment?

  • McDonald v. City of Chicago
  • United States v. Dorosan
  • District of Columbia v. Heller

The District of Columbia v. Heller case of 2008 overturned a ban on what?

  • assault rifles
  • handguns
  • shotguns

What was the margin of victory in the District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court case?

  • 7 to 2
  • 6 to 3
  • 5 to 4

How long did Washington D.C. have a handgun ban in place?

  • 32 years
  • 26 years
  • 20 years

Which U.S. city lost a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which overturned a citywide handgun ban?

  • New York
  • Detroit
  • Chicago

In the U.S., convicted felons forfeit their Second Amendment right.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What principle led to the decision in the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago?

  • The Incorporation Doctrine
  • The City and State Doctrine
  • The Federalist Doctrine