What is the Second Amendment?

Text of the Second Amendment

The “Second Amendment” is the second amendment (i.e., addition) to the original United States Constitution. The first ten amendments are collectively called the “Bill of Rights.” The text 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.”

A Few Dates

A few dates related to adoption of the Bill of Rights are:

  • 1775:  Revolutionary War begins
  • 1776:  Declaration of Independence is signed
  • 1783:  Revolutionary War ends
  • 1787:  Constitutional Convention writes the U.S. Constitution
  • 1788:  U.S. Constitution is ratified by most states
  • 1789:  Congress proposes the Bill of Rights
  • 1791:  The Bill of Rights is ratified by the states

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