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The Second Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of citizens to bear arms. Use to discuss the usage, meaning and implications. Use with the [united-states] tag and possibly the [guns] tag

Amendment II of the United States Constitution reads

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.

As recently as 2008, the US Supreme Court has reaffirmed it to mean a general right to gun ownership, most notably

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.


The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms.