Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

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Close up of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

Created on December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of citizens to have firearms. It says, "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." Keeping arms is different than bearing arms. If this Amendment had just said bearing arms, then only the military would be able to legally own firearms.