nThe 2nd Amendment provides that “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.”
nThere are numerous state and federal statutory
prohibitions against the
manufacture, sale, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.
nFederal law prohibits the sale, possession, and use of
machine guns and other
nThe Supreme Court has said that federal gun control laws
do not violate the Second
Amendment, because the amendment only
protects the keeping and bearing of arms in the context of a well-regulated militia.
nState courts have also been unsympathetic to challenges
to state gun control laws
based on state constitutional provisions.
nToday, a great debate rages in the land over the need
for tougher gun control
legislation and/or increased enforcement of existing prohibitions.