You may think at first that the people of revolutionary times added this amendment so they could have guns to go hunting for food.
This will not only lessen the call for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the Government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the People, while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights, and those of their fellow-citizens.
Until recently, the judiciary treated the Second Amendment almost as a dead letter.
Hellerthe U. McReynolds delivered a majority ruling stating that the Second Amendment was not relevant to their case, in part because a sawed-off shotgun is not a standard weapon for use in U.
Charles disputes these claims citing similar disarming by the patriots and challenging those scholars' interpretation of Blackstone. The amendment was ratified by the States and authenticated by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson as:  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.
Miller in Chicago, the Supreme Court struck down also in a decision a similar citywide handgun ban, ruling that the Second Amendment applies to the states as well as to the federal government.
They cite examples, such as the Declaration of Independence describing in "the Right of the People to Constitution[ edit ] Ideals that helped to inspire the Second Amendment in part are symbolized by the minutemen.