Essay on The Right Of Bear Arms

751 Words Jan 4th, 2016 4 Pages
The right to bear arms dates back to the Revolutionary War when militias formed by citizens needed firearms to fight off the British crown. After Independence was won, it was decided by the Constitutional Convention that the citizens were permitted to keep their weapons so that the Federal Government could not become as powerful as the English Monarchy. In the Constitution it is stated, “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.” Firearms in the United States are forefront of political discussion, in the last century controversial restrictions have been placed on firearms, some even deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, data is available to analyze on firearms and their effect in the United States.
Since the Revolution firearms have become more advanced and there had been no restrictions on them until the 20th century. In 1939 the National Firearms act was passed which saw the birth of restrictions on fully automatic weapons. This law was challenged in United States vs. Miller, the Supreme Court supported the gun control law. Twenty nine years would pass until the Gun Control Act of 1968 was enacted into law. It was the largest Federal Gun Control Act in United States History. With the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the violence related to social issues that erupted in the 1960’s this law was emplaced to help abate the turmoil. The law set the…

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