Amendment 2


Amendment 2

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.

Important Case Law

District of Columbia v. Heller, 2008

The Court ruled that federal enclaves would also receive the constitutional right to the Second Amendment. It was the first case in the Supreme Court to address whether the Second Amendment protected an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. It reevaluated the Regulation Act as unconstitutional and banned it.

McDonald v. Chicago, 2010

The Court ruled that the Second Amendment also applied to individual states through the Fourteenth Amendment. It would protect the right from being taken away.

Robertson v. Baldwin, 1897

The Supreme Court found that laws controlling concealed arms did not interfere with the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, so therefore, they do not violate the Second Amendment.

Caetano v. Massachusetts, 2016

“The Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding . . . the Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States.” –Supreme Court opinion

Additional Important Cases