How the amendment is written in the constituion
Historical background of the amendment
Supreme Court Case
The supreme court ruled that congress had gone too far in using the commerce clause to pull the Gun-Free School Zone Acts of 1990. The act sought to control firearms and curtail armed violence in and around schools. Congress used its commerce clause power to ban any individual from possessing " a firearm at a place that [he] knows ... is a school zone. "
supreme Court Case cont.
The Supreme Court ruled that the act " had nothing to do with commerce or any sort of economic enterprise" and , therefore , was outside Congress's power to enforce. Any such restrictions on guns in school zones therefore were left to the states.
Citation:"Second Amendment." Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2008. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.