The Second Amendment: Who Has the Right to Bear Arms?
The United States Supreme Court’s decision to review the District of Columbia gun ban will be the first time since 1939 that the High Court has reviewed the Second Amendment to the Constitution. At that time, the Court held that the Amendment protects the rights of states to organize militias but not individuals’ right to own firearms. Indeed, that has ALWAYS been the holding of the U.S. Courts. The National Rifle Association has not changed the text of the Second Amendment, but their lobbying efforts may, for the first time in 217 years, change the meaning of the Amendment. The text of the Amendment is below:
“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.”