Second Amendment

Sofia Nunez

How is written in the Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of the free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Historical background

Private gun ownership has been a part of American culture since Great Britain sent settlers to North America in the early 1600s. It was British policy not only to allow its colonists to keep firearms but also to encourage them to do so, in order to protect themselves in anticipated conflicts with Native Americans, French forces, or during slave revolts.

Second Amendment in my own words

Citizens have the right to protect them selves by owning guns.

Supreme Court Case

1822, Bliss vs. Commonwealth.

Kentucky's legislature passed a law against canceled weapons, but the Kentucky Supreme Court struck the law down. A man appealed the verdict and pointed to the State Constitution, witch said "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned." The Kentucky Supreme Court agreed. It said the state could not limit the kind of weapons a citizen could have.

Cite sources

Gerber, Larry. Second Amendment : The Right to Bear Arms. New York: Rosen Central, 2011. Ebook

Leavitt, Amie Jane. Bill of Rights in Translation : What It Really Means. Mankato: Capstone, 2009. Ebook.

"Second Amendment." Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2008. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.