The Second Amendment Right to Own Hunting Weapons Introduction The common law did not recognize any absolute right to keep and bear arms. During the American colonial period, there had been great fear of military rule, the colonists believing that standing armies were acceptable only in extraordinary circumstances and under control of civil authorities, and that a militia was the proper organ for defense of the individual states. The United States Constitution gave Congress the power to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrection, and repel invasions and the power to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia. The Second Amendment was adopted to quiet the fears of those...The end:
.....rmed and ready for offensive or defensive action in a case of conflict with another person.” Having defined the Second Amendment's language as including a right to “carry” guns for self-defense, the Supreme Court helpfully noted several exceptions that prove the rule. Explaining that this right is “not unlimited,” in that there is no right to “carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose,” the Court confirmed that there is a right to carry at least some weapons, in some manner, for some purpose. And, as the Supreme Court made clear in its recent decisions, hunting is one such purpose that was contemplated by the framers and belongs to the citizens of the United States, as well as those of the several States.