I'm doing a debate for my history class, and I was a little confused about the Second Amendment and what it says about militias. Can you explain this?


The exact wording of the Second Amendment is "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."

Constitutional lawyers, politicians, and ordinary people have all argued about the relationship of militias to the right to bear arms in the statement. Militias were a common way of organizing a fighting force during the time of the revolution.

Updated on March 14, 2018

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