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Gun Rights - The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms

Deals with Second Amendment issues, gun control laws, and other issues involving firearms and other weaponry.

The Second Amendment and Gun Control
Supreme Court cases dealing with the Second Amendment.

Idaho Gun Rights
Gun rights in Idaho. Learn more about gun rights in Idaho in this overview of gun laws in Idaho. From Idaho gun control to Idaho handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Idaho gun owners.

Gun Rights and Self-Defense
In recent years, the political debate over gun rights in America has centered on the aspect of self-defense. How often are guns actually used in self-defense? Often, as it turns out.

Women Against Gun Control
Not all women support gun control. Not all women want to be victims. That's the premise of Utah-based Women Against Gun Control, which was founded in 1994 and has chapters in 12 states and in Canada. Learn about Women Against Gun Control and its pro-gun initiatives.

Women and Guns
An increasing number of women are buying guns for self-defense and other purposes. Read about studies showing the number of women who own guns on the rise, and how those women are becoming more visible on a scene stereotypically dominated by males.

Profile: Deacons for Defense and Justice
Guns played an instrumental role in the civil rights era. In retaliation to attacks from the Ku Klux Klan and other factions, a group of African-American military veterans formed Deacons for Defense and Justice to provide armed self-defense for civil rights workers.

Gun Shows
Gun shows are a big part of American tradition, with licensed and unlicensed sellers alike largely unrestricted from selling firearms at the shows. But a political movement is afoot to place further restrictions on the transfer of firearms at gun shows.

Louisiana Gun Rights
Gun rights in Louisiana. Learn more about gun rights in Louisiana in this overview of gun laws in Louisiana. From Louisiana gun control to Louisiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Louisiana gun owners.

'From My Cold, Dead Hands': A Profile of Charlton Heston
A profile of gun rights icon Charlton Heston, iconic actor and president of the National Rifle Association. Heston popularized the saying "from my cold, dead hands," making it a rallying cry for gun rights supporters.

When and Where Were Gunowners Rights First Restricted in America?
Have you ever wondered when and where gunowners' rights were first restricted in America? Read about Georgia's handgun ban in 1837, the nation's first gun control law, and what ultimately resulted from it.

Which State Was the First to Incorporate Gun Rights?
In modern times, 44 of America's 50 states grant their citizens the right to bear arms. Which state was the first to grant its citizens gun rights? It happened in 1776...or 1780, depending on how you look at it.

A Breakdown of DC v. Heller
In a landmark ruling in the DC handgun case, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban and ruled for the first time that the Second Amendment provides individuals a constitutional right to own guns for self-defense. This article provides background behind the DC handgun case and a look at how the handgun case impacts gun owners nation-wide.

Political Shootings and Restricted Gun Rights
Most of America's laws restricting gun rights have resulted from political shootings. From the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929 to the assassination attempt on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, political shootings have led to many new gun control laws.

History of the Second Amendment
A guide to important dates in America's gun rights history. Learn the timeline and important dates of the Second Amendment and challenges to gun rights.

Gun Rights Under President George W. Bush
Gun rights took a step forward under the administration of President George W. Bush. A federal ban on assault weapons expired during the administration of George W. Bush and nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court led to two major court victories favoring the Second Amendment. However, President Bush also supported some mild gun control measures.

Gun Rights Under President Ronald Reagan
Gun rights took a step forward during President Ronald Reagan's administration, but took a step back after his presidency due in part to legislation that he supported. Learn about the important Second Amendment-related measures of the Reagan era, how they related to gun rights, and President Ronald Reagan's stance on them.

Gun Rights Under President Bill Clinton
Gun rights came under fire during the administration of President Bill Clinton. The Clinton administration brought about the Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Bill, as well as several executive orders that pushed through new gun control measures.

McDonald v. Chicago
McDonald v. Chicago reversed Chicago's handgun ban and specifically confirmed the individual right to possess guns under the Second Amendment. A closer look at the background and impact of the Supreme Court's decision in McDonald v. Chicago.

Profile: Second Amendment Foundation
A profile of the Second Amendment Foundation. A lesser-known gun rights advocate, the Second Amendment Foundation has emerged as a key player in legal battles over the right to keep and bear arms. Learn about the history of the Second Amendment Foundation and the key courtroom cases it has been involved in.

Concealed Carry
Every U.S. state has different concealed carry laws. Some are Shall Issue while others are May Issue. Learn the different concealed carry laws in America and which states fall under each category.

Definition of Assault Weapons
Rarely heard of before the mid 1980s, assault weapons have become a major part of America's gun rights debate. Learn about the origin of the assault weapons definition in American politics, the characteristics of assault weapons and how various states have passed laws to regulate assault weapons.

Profile: Gun Owners of America
Gun Owners of America is the little guy in the fight when it comes to lobbying for 2nd Amendment gun rights. But the GOA is in the thick of the battle. Learn about the history and mission of Gun Owners of America, sometimes thought of as a hardliner's alternative to the National Rifle Association.

Barack Obama on Gun Control, Gun Rights, and the Second Amendment
Where does Barack Obama stand on gun control, gun rights, and the Second Amendment?

District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)
It has been 69 years since the Supreme Court ruled in any definitive way on Second Amendment issues, but this is about to change with the Court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller.

Profile: Pink Pistols
The LGBT rights and Second Amendment communities may seem like an unlikely marriage. But the Pink Pistols strives to bridge the gap between both the gay and shooting communities and other communities, forming an unlikely ally for the Second Amendment.

National Rifle Association (NRA)
A profile of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The Second Amendment
The text, origins, and meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.

Cesare Beccaria on the Right to Bear Arms
Many people believe that the "if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" argument is a relatively recent development, but this is not the case. Cesare Beccaria, an 18th-century Italian philosopher whose work had a considerable influence on the development of U.S. law, flawlessly outlined the idea in 1764, a full quarter-century before the Second Amendment was proposed.

Does the Second Amendment Protect the Right to Bear Arms?
Does the Second Amendment protect the right to bear arms, or guarantee military supplies to an 18th-century "well-regulated militia" that has since been replaced by the U.S. Armed Forces? The majority of Americans say the former; the Supreme Court says the latter. Both viewpoints are well-supported.

On the Second Amendment
U.S. Government Info Guide Robert Longley examines the Second Amendment, and comes to a slightly different conclusion than I did.

Urban Legend: The Handguns Tax
Urban Legends and Folklore Guide David Emery debunks a chain letter claiming that Congress is considering requiring gun owners to list their firearms on 1040 forms.

The National Rifle Association (NRA)
With 4.3 million members, the NRA is one of the most powerful political organizations in the United States. It advocates liberal firearm ownership policies and an interpretation of the Second Amendment that protects an individual right to bear arms.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
A leading gun control organization co-founded by James Brady, President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, who was paralyzed by a gunshot wound during a 1981 assassination attempt on the president.

Colorado Gun Rights
Gun rights in Colorado. Learn more about gun rights in Colorado in this overview of gun laws in Colorado. From Colorado gun control to Colorado handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Colorado gun owners.

Connecticut Gun Rights
Gun rights in Connecticut. Learn more about gun rights in Connecticut in this overview of gun laws in Connecticut. From Connecticut gun control to Connecticut handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Connecticut gun owners.

Delaware Gun Rights
Gun rights in Delaware. Learn more about gun rights in Delaware in this overview of gun laws in Delaware. From Delaware gun control to Delaware handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Delaware gun owners.

Florida Gun Rights
Gun rights in Florida. Learn more about gun rights in Florida in this overview of gun laws in Florida. From Florida gun control to Florida handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Florida gun owners.

Hawaii Gun Rights
Gun rights in Hawaii. Learn more about gun rights in Hawaii in this overview of gun laws in Hawaii. From Hawaii gun control to Hawaii handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Hawaii gun owners.

Illinois Gun Rights
Gun rights in Illinois. Learn more about gun rights in Illinois in this overview of gun laws in Illinois. From Illinois gun control to Illinois handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Illinois gun owners.

Ohio Gun Rights
Gun rights in Ohio. Learn more about gun rights in Ohio in this overview of gun laws in Ohio. From Ohio gun control to Ohio handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Ohio gun owners.

North Dakota Gun Rights
Gun rights in North Dakota. Learn more about gun rights in North Dakota in this overview of gun laws in North Dakota. From North Dakota gun control to North Dakota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for North Dakota gun owners.

North Carolina Gun Rights
Gun rights in North Carolina. Learn more about gun rights in North Carolina in this overview of gun laws in North Carolina. From North Carolina gun control to North Carolina handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for North Carolina gun owners.

New York Gun Rights
Gun rights in New York. Learn more about gun rights in New York in this overview of gun laws in New York. From New York gun control to New York handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New York gun owners.

Indiana Gun Rights
Gun rights in Indiana. Learn more about gun rights in Indiana in this overview of gun laws in Indiana. From Indiana gun control to Indiana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Indiana gun owners.

Iowa Gun Rights
Gun rights in Iowa. Learn more about gun rights in Iowa in this overview of gun laws in Iowa. From Iowa gun control to Iowa handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Iowa gun owners.

Kansas Gun Rights
Gun rights in Kansas. Learn more about gun rights in Kansas in this overview of gun laws in Kansas. From Kansas gun control to Kansas handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Kansas gun owners.

Kentucky Gun Rights
Gun rights in Kentucky. Learn more about gun rights in Kentucky in this overview of gun laws in Kentucky. From Kentucky gun control to Kentucky handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Kentucky gun owners.

Maine Gun Rights
Gun rights in Maine. Learn more about gun rights in Maine in this overview of gun laws in Maine. From Maine gun control to Maine handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Maine gun owners.

Maryland Gun Rights
Gun rights in Maryland. Learn more about gun rights in Maryland in this overview of gun laws in Maryland. From Maryland gun control to Maryland handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Maryland gun owners.

Massachusetts Gun Rights
Gun rights in Massachusetts. Learn more about gun rights in Massachusetts in this overview of gun laws in Massachusetts. From Massachusetts gun control to Massachusetts handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Massachusetts gun owners.

Michigan Gun Rights
Gun rights in Michigan. Learn more about gun rights in Michigan in this overview of gun laws in Michigan. From Michigan gun control to Michigan handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Michigan gun owners.

Minnesota Gun Rights
Gun rights in Minnesota. Learn more about gun rights in Minnesota in this overview of gun laws in Minnesota. From Minnesota gun control to Minnesota handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Minnesota gun owners.

Mississippi Gun Rights
Gun rights in Mississippi. Learn more about gun rights in Mississippi in this overview of gun laws in Mississippi. From Mississippi gun control to Mississippi handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Mississippi gun owners.

Missouri Gun Rights
Gun rights in Missouri. Learn more about gun rights in Missouri in this overview of gun laws in Missouri. From Missouri gun control to Missouri handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Missouri gun owners.

Montana Gun Rights
Gun rights in Montana. Learn more about gun rights in Montana in this overview of gun laws in Montana. From Montana gun control to Montana handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Montana gun owners.

Nebraska Gun Rights
Gun rights in Nebraska. Learn more about gun rights in Nebraska in this overview of gun laws in Nebraska. From Nebraska gun control to Nebraska handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Nebraska gun owners.

Nevada Gun Rights
Gun rights in Nevada. Learn more about gun rights in Nevada in this overview of gun laws in Nevada. From Nevada gun control to Nevada handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Nevada gun owners.

New Hampshire Gun Rights
Gun rights in New Hampshire. Learn more about gun rights in New Hampshire in this overview of gun laws in New Hampshire. From New Hampshire gun control to New Hampshire handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New Hampshire gun owners.

New Jersey Gun Rights
Gun rights in New Jersey. Learn more about gun rights in New Jersey in this overview of gun laws in New Jersey. From New Jersey gun control to New Jersey handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New Jersey gun owners.

New Mexico Gun Rights
Gun rights in New Mexico. Learn more about gun rights in New Mexico in this overview of gun laws in New Mexico. From New Mexico gun control to New Mexico handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for New Mexico gun owners.

Oklahoma Gun Rights
Gun rights in Oklahoma. Learn more about gun rights in Oklahoma in this overview of gun laws in Oklahoma. From Oklahoma gun control to Oklahoma handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oklahoma gun owners.

Oregon Gun Rights
Gun rights in Oregon. Learn more about gun rights in Oregon in this overview of gun laws in Oregon. From Oregon gun control to Oregon handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Oregon gun owners.

Pennsylvania Gun Rights
Gun rights in Pennsylvania. Learn more about gun rights in Pennsylvania in this overview of gun laws in Pennsylvania. From Pennsylvania gun control to Pennsylvania handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Pennsylvania gun owners.

Rhode Island Gun Rights
Gun rights in Rhode Island. Learn more about gun rights in Rhode Island in this overview of gun laws in Rhode Island. From Rhode Island gun control to Rhode Island handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Rhode Island gun owners.

South Carolina Gun Rights
Gun rights in South Carolina. Learn more about gun rights in South Carolina in this overview of gun laws in South Carolina. From South Carolina gun control to South Carolina handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for South Carolina gun owners.

Tennessee Gun Rights
Gun rights in Tennessee. Learn more about gun rights in Tennessee in this overview of gun laws in Tennessee. From Tennessee gun control to Tennessee handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Tennessee gun owners.

Texas Gun Rights
Gun rights in Texas. Learn more about gun rights in Texas in this overview of gun laws in Texas. From Texas gun control to Texas handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Texas gun owners.

Utah Gun Rights
Gun rights in Utah. Learn more about gun rights in Utah in this overview of gun laws in Utah. From Utah gun control to Utah handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Utah gun owners.

Vermont Gun Rights
Gun rights in Vermont. Learn more about gun rights in Vermont in this overview of gun laws in Vermont. From Vermont gun control to Vermont handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Vermont gun owners.

Virginia Gun Rights
Gun rights in Virginia. Learn more about gun rights in Virginia in this overview of gun laws in Virginia. From Virginia gun control to Virginia handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Virginia gun owners.

Washington Gun Rights
Gun rights in Washington. Learn more about gun rights in Washington in this overview of gun laws in Washington. From Washington gun control to Washington handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Washington gun owners.

West Virginia Gun Rights
Gun rights in West Virginia. Learn more about gun rights in West Virginia in this overview of gun laws in West Virginia. From West Virginia gun control to West Virginia handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for West Virginia gun owners.

Wisconsin Gun Rights
Gun rights in Wisconsin. Learn more about gun rights in Wisconsin in this overview of gun laws in Wisconsin. From Wisconsin gun control to Wisconsin handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Wisconsin gun owners.

Wyoming Gun Rights
Gun rights in Wyoming. Learn more about gun rights in Wyoming in this overview of gun laws in Wyoming. From Wyoming gun control to Wyoming handgun laws, this is intended as a brief guide for Wyoming gun owners.

Biography: Wayne LaPierre
A biography of Wayne LaPierre, a career-long employee of the National Rifle Association and long-time executive director and CEO of the NRA. LaPierre has been a staunch supporter of gun rights throughout his career as a political lobbyist and has drawn both praise and criticism as the public spokesman of the NRA.

President Barack Obama and Gun Rights
The administration of President Barack Obama has been largely neutral on the issue of gun rights, despite a heightened fear from pro-gun advocates in the run-up to the 2008 election. Learn about Obama's record on guns that led to that fear and the Obama administration's position on such issues as assault weapons, background checks and data...

President Barack Obama and Assault Weapons
President Barack Obama has pledged his support for a permanent ban on the sale of assault weapons in the United States. However, no action has been taken to enact such a ban. Learn more about President Obama's stance on assault weapons.

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