The United States Supreme Court has made it clear that citizens of the United States have a constitutional right to own and possess guns. The right to own and possess guns is generally protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. With that noted, the Supreme Court has determined that certain limited restrictions can be placed on the types of weapons owned as well as where and when these weapons can be possessed.
No, gun ownership should not be illegal for private citizens because the right to bear arms is part of the Constitution. Citizens need to know that they have the right to protect themselves and their families against criminals and potential foreign invaders, all of whom have plenty of access to weapons. Private gun ownership is especially important for individuals who live in areas where police protection is inadequate.
Private citizens should be able to own guns for the purpose of hunting and self-protection. There should, however, be very strict stipulations enforced about what types of guns can be owned by private citizens. Neither hunting nor self-protection require the use of some types weapons currently available to private citizens.
People should be allowed to own guns to defend themselves and their property. It is guaranteed by the Second Amendment. On the other hand, in colonial days, muskets and rifles were the primary weapons, and guns were used to fight against enemy countries. Since concealed weapons are a major source of crime, gun ownership should be limited to large firearms that cannot be concealed; i.e. a person's weapons should only be legal in public if they can be seen in public view.