Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states:
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
There has been much legal argument about the exact meaning of the words of the Second Amendment. "Militia" and "arms", for example, may have had a quite different meaning to the framers of the Constitution than in present society, or they may indeed represent universal aspects of rights.
Second Amendment rights are an intense issue in American politics. The National Rifle Association, which strongly supports individual gun ownership, is among the most potent interest groups in American politics.
- The Constitution of the United States of America: Second Amendment--Bearing Arms, Government Printing Office