An analysis of the second amendment of the constitution of the united states of america

In response to this arms build up, the British Parliament established an embargo of firearms, parts and ammunition against the American colonies. The statement in the English Bill of Rights concerning the right to bear arms is often quoted only in the passage where it is written as above and not in its full context.

Pre-Constitution background[ edit ] Influence of the English Bill of Rights of [ edit ] The right to bear arms in English history is regarded in English law as a subordinate auxiliary right of the primary rights to personal security, personal liberty, and private property.

Supreme Court considered the matter in United States v. It must be interpreted with that end in view. Ideals that helped to inspire the Second Amendment in part are symbolized by the minutemen. As a result, these Patriots established independent colonial legislatures to create their own militias which excluded the Loyalists and then sought out to stock up independent armories for their militias.

It also required these men to provide their own arms and ammunition. Which is … declared by … statute, and is indeed a public allowance, under due restrictions, of the natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.

The rank and file that resulted from this effort to raise a militia consisted mainly of draftees or paid substitutes and the poor of society who enlisted not out of duty but instead for the enlistment bonus payments.

Village of Morton Grove, F. The militia in early United States history Edit In the first couple decades following the adoption of the Second Amendment public opposition to a standing army persisted, a widely held opinion among the minority Anti-Federalists and to a lesser extent among the majority Federalists.

The fourth included not only a right to keep and bear arms, but also other rights such as a right to due process. In opposition, the British forces consisted of a mixture of the standing British ArmyLoyalist militia and Hessian mercenaries.

McAffee and Michael J. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; but no one religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.

Quinlan have stated that James Madison "did not invent the right to keep and bear arms when he drafted the Second Amendment; the right was pre-existing at both common law and in the early state constitutions. The State legislatures granted increasing numbers of exemptions to universal militia obligation, with exemptions granted to clergy, conscientious objectors, teachers, students, jurors, mariners and ferrymen.

The majority carved out Miller as an exception to the general rule that Americans may possess firearms, claiming that law-abiding citizens cannot use sawed-off shotguns for any law-abiding purpose. This precedent stood for nearly 70 years when in the U. On May 10,Congress passed a resolution recommending that any colony with a government that was not inclined toward independence should form one that was.

It is a natural right which the people have reserved to themselves, confirmed by the Bill of Rights, to keep arms for their own defence; and as Mr. Peoples all around the world since time immemorial had armed themselves for the protection of themselves and others, and as organized nations began to appear these arrangements had been extended to the protection of the state.

In opposition, the British forces consisted of a mixture of the standing British ArmyLoyalist Militia and Hessian mercenaries. The non-application of the Second Amendment to the States is good law today. While it did not override earlier restrictions on the ownership of guns for hunting, it is subject to the parliamentary right to implicitly or explicitly repeal earlier enactments.

Many considered the statute the most stringent in the nation.

Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

Scholars have come to call this theory "the collective rights theory. An unworkable division of power between Congress and the states caused military weakness, and the standing army was reduced to as few as 80 men. As a result, some Patriots created their own militias that excluded the Loyalists and then sought to stock independent armories for their militias.

Under this "individual right theory," the United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional.

In its full context it is clear that the bill was asserting the right of Protestant citizens not to be disarmed by the King without the consent of Parliament and was merely restoring rights to Protestants that the previous King briefly and unlawfully had removed. These concerns were addressed by modifying the final clause, and on August 24, the House sent the following version to the U.

Subsequently, the Constitutional Convention proposed in to grant Congress exclusive power to raise and support a standing army and navy of unlimited size.

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Thus, the Supreme Court has revitalized the Second Amendment. Which of these considerations they thought were most important, which of these considerations they were most alarmed about, and the extent to which each of these considerations ultimately found expression in the Second Amendment is disputed.

In the U. Some of these purposes were explicitly mentioned in early state constitutions; for example, the Pennsylvania Constitution of asserted that, "the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state.S. Doc. - Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis, and Interpretation - Centennial Edition.

The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law.

This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications. Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Jump to navigation Jump to search. This Judge Timothy Farrar published his Manual of the Constitution of the United States of America, Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, nothing in our opinion.

The Constitution of the United States of America: A Contextual Analysis (Second Edition) (Constitutional Systems of the World) 2nd Edition by Mark Tushnet (Author)/5(4). The Constitution of the United States changed history.

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do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis. Oct 03,  · [Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis, and Interpretation - Edition ] [Amendments to the Constitution] [Second Amendment - Bearing Arms] [From the U.S.

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