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The Second Amendment to the Constitution is found in the Bill of Rights.
The Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms.
The Second Amendment with the Bill of Rights was ratified by a three-fourths majority of the original 13 states on Dec. 15, 1791.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment provides an individual the right to possess a firearm for lawful purposes such as self-defense.
James Madison wrote the first drafts of the Constitution, co-authored the Federalist Papers and drafted the Bill of Rights. Madison later served as the fourth president of the United States.
The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 became the first federal gun control law in the U.S. The law levies taxes on the production and sale of certain weapons and created a national registry for gun sales.
The original federal government copy of the Bill of Rights is kept with the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in the rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington D.C.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution begins with the words, "A well regulated Militia…"
The National Firearms Act of 1934 was spurred on by the use of the Thompson submachine gun. The weapon, nicknamed the "Tommy gun," was used in the infamous 1929 Valentine's Day massacre.
The National Rifle Association is the U.S. organization that advocates for Second Amendment rights.
The Congressional Research Service has reported that there are more than 300 million privately-owned guns in the U.S.
The National Firearms Act of 1938 required the licensing of interstate gun dealers. The law also prohibited the sale of firearms to individuals charged with or convicted of violent crimes.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Firearms Acts into law in 1934 and 1938. Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States, serving from 1933 to 1945.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulates the licensing, sale, possession and transportation of firearms and ammunition.
Despite the Second Amendment saying, "…shall not be infringed," there are limitations on gun ownership that are widely considered to be constitutional.
The Supreme Court took a collective rights approach via the case of the United States v. Miller.
The firearm involved in the United States v. Miller Supreme Court case was an unlicensed sawed-off shotgun transported from Oklahoma to Arkansas.
The National Rifle Association was founded in 1871 by Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate. According to an editorial written by Church, the primary goal of the organization was to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis."
The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibited all convicted felons, drug users and the mentally ill from purchasing or possessing firearms. The law also raised the legal age of handgun purchase to 21.
James Brady was the White House press secretary who was shot in the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. Brady, who was permanently disabled, lobbied successfully for more stringent handgun laws.
The 1986 law passed by Congress limited ATF gun dealer inspections to once a year. The law also prohibited the creation of a national gun ownership registry.
The ban on the manufacture of semi-automatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines was for 10 years. By 2004, the ban had run its course and was not renewed by Congress.
The right for a law-abiding citizen to own a handgun for self-defense is guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
The 2008 case of the District of Columbia v. Heller signified a change in Second Amendment philosophy to the rights of individuals.
The 2008 Supreme Court decision determined that the Washington D.C. ban on handguns was unconstitutional.
The margin of victory in the U.S. Supreme Court case the District of Columbia v. Heller was 5 in favor and 4 against.
The Washington D.C. statute banning handguns had been in place for 32 years.
In the 2010 case McDonald v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court ruled against a citywide ban on handguns.
The federal government passed laws in 1934 and 1968 that prohibit all felons from owning firearms. There are circumstances by which a felony can be expunged and civil rights may be restored, however these cases are very rare.
In a 5-4 ruling the Supreme Court decided that the 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller would apply to state and local governments across the country.