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Chapter 11: The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms
Chapter 11: The second amendment and the right to bear arms

For much of the Supreme Court's history, the Second Amendment was treated as the forgotten amendment. Although drafted by James Madison and added to the Constitution as one of the first ten amendments in 1791, its impact was initially minimal. It reads, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, ...

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