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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified with the Bill of Rights in 1791.  The Second Amendment guarantees one’s right to keep and bear arms as necessary for securing freedom through a well-regulated militia.

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U.S. v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939).

“In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a “shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length” at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense.”

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District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).

Holding that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use said firearm for lawful purposes, including self- defense within one’s home.

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