The second amendment of the Constitution of the United States 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." The interpretation of these twenty-seven words has generated considerable debate since they were first declared in force in 1791.2 Despite a growing argument over the true meaning of the amendment, the Supreme Court has been reluctant to provide a definitive interpretation of the second amendment and thus give it the recognition it merits.
Michael T. O'Donnell,
The Second Amendment: A Study of Recent Trends,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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