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Right to bear arms in the US: Does "keep" in the 2nd amendment refer to an individual right to "keep"?

  • That's how it's interpreted, yes.

    Regardless of what the Second Amendment may say, the court system has, over the centuries, interpreted it to mean that individuals do indeed have the right to keep (or bear) arms. Remember, we consider the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to be living documents that are open to interpretation, so perhaps in the future, other generations will interpret it differently.

  • It's In The Amendment

    The second amendment says, "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." I believe the amendment refers to raising a militia. A militia is defined as, a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency. Given that militias are created from civilians, I do believe the amendment upholds the right for individuals to obtain, keep, and hold firearms.

  • Yes it is for individual

    Yes the right to bear arms is referring to individual's right. Think about the time frame the constitution was written in. Guns were not that big of a deal back then and it made sense to have one. Times have changed and I still think people have a right to a gun if they choose but there needs to be more safety measures in place.

  • This "keep" is applicable to the individuals right to keep and bear arms

    This "keep" is applicable to the individuals right to keep and bear arms and should be applied accordingly. The Constitution is a living document and as a very old document it must occasionally be adapted to be able to apply to the U.S. today. This was an important thought way back then and is still important now, the people have a right to "keep" and bear arms and the government shouldn't just sweep in and take the right to be armed away.

  • Second Amendment Designed for Individuals

    The right to keep and bare arms in the 2nd Amendment targets individuals and their right to "keep" these weapons. Therefore, a citizen of the United States has the given right to own firearms for practical purposes. This includes hunting and personal protection among other uses. Of course, the 2nd Amendment is one of the most cherished rights in the country.

  • Guns are not inherently dangerous

    The right to have guns in the US is well established, with a long tradition in the country and its foundation. While there is a lot to be said about controlling guns, the fundamental ability to keep guns is a very important part of the US and should not be abolished today.

  • Respectfully agree to disagree

    Simply because if you look at the cases heard by the supreme court in the mid 1800's, there is undeniable evidence that the purpose they mean "keep" is referring not to an individuals right to bear arms, but the individuals right to keep arms for militia purposes, not with the intent to arm each indivual as an independant self-servicing mercenary styled society.


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