Second Amendment

By: Cindy Nguyen

The Second Amendment:

"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."


Back then in the 1600, Great Britain allowed colonist to keep fire arms, they also encouraged it because of the conflict with the Native Americans, French forces, and during slave revolts. Most colonies even passed laws requiring male citizens to have a gun. This amendment was added to the constitution because the right of "the people" is actually the "collective right" of the people to protect their communities with an armed local military force. Basically, this amendment means that people of the right to own guns.

Amendment In My Own Words

"The citizens right to own guns."
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Supreme Court

Name of Case: District of Columbia v. Heller

Date: March 18, 2008

Description: When the District of Columbia passed legislation barring the registration of handguns, requiring licenses for all pistols, and mandating that all legal firearms must be kept unloaded and disassembled or trigger locked. A group of private gun-owners brought suit claiming the laws violated the Second Amendment, right to bear arms. They had disagreed and voted two to one, saying that the Second Amendment does in fact protect private gun owners, such as plaintiffs.


"District of Columbia v. Heller." Oyez. Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, n.d. Dec 10, 2015. <>