What right does the Second Amendment give?

Like all of the other states in the nation, Arizona has laws that govern who can own guns and even where guns may be used. However, laws may not always be black-and-white as some subjectivity may come into play. This may perhaps best seen even in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Understanding this can give valuable insight into how and why gun control has come to be such a controversial topic today.

Dating back to 1790, Live Science explains that the Second Amendment essentially calls out two different elements. On one hand, it refers to the importance of having a well-armed militia in order to guard against a government that unfairly treats its citizens. On the other hand, it also refers to the government not infringing on the rights of citizens to bear arms.

The first part of this gave rise to the National Guard yet other people have focused more heavily on the latter portion which gives rights to individuals instead of organizations. In 2008 and again in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld rulings that supported the individual’s right to bear arms. The challenge about what should be legal and what should be illegal when it comes to gun ownership and use is not likely to end soon but understanding its historial roots is important.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Arizona residents a historical look at the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and what rights it may or may not provide with regard to gun ownership.