"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."
It was ratified on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights.
The Second Amendment is the most important right, because the Second Amendment keeps the government from being able to impose tyranny.
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When the second amendment was brought in, Our military had muskets firing black powder and lead balls. Citizens had those same weapons. "Same weapons" has never changed and should not change! We may need them!
Our country and forefathers realized the need for citizen's to be able to protect themselves from government as well as not so nice other citizens and wild animals.
Throughout our history, as the military got better weapons, they also were also available to the citizens. Colt 45's, sharp's rifles that could shoot many rounds and then right on up through the years.