Gun owners know that the second amendment has been constantly attacked for decades. Here are eleven of the times that the second amendment has been attacked but prevailed to protect citizens’ rights.
1. Nunn v. Georgia
Before this case in 1846, handguns were banned for private ownership by citizens. This case saw the overturning of this law, citing the second amendment as the reason. This was the first case to cite the second amendment as a reason for overturning a law.
2. United States v. Verdugo-Urquirdez
This case saw the clarification of the language of the second amendment. The court ruled that “the people” includes not only citizens but legal aliens as well.
3. United States v. Printz
This 1996 case targeted the rule of background checks for firearm purchases. The “Brady Bill” was a law that required local law enforcement be required to perform background checks on citizens attempting to purchase handguns. The Supreme Court determined that Congress could not pass legislation that would limit citizen’s ability to purchase firearms while awaiting federal oversight.
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