2nd Amendment

American Constitution


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.

From the Founders... Original Intent

"[T]he said Constitution [should] be never construed ... to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms."
SAMUEL ADAMS, Signer of the Declaration, "Father of the American Revolution" ...

"A free people ought ... to be armed."
GEORGE WASHINGTON, US. President, Signer of the Constitution ...

"[N]o man should scruple or hesitate a moment to use arms in defense."
GEORGE WASHINGTON, US. President, Signer of the Constitution ...

"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.... This is a principle which secures religious liberty most firmly."
ZECHARIAH JOHNSTON, Revolutionary Soldier, Virginia Legislator, Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution

"I am thus far a Quaker [a pacifist]: I would gladly agree with all the world to lay aside the use of arms and settle matters by negotiation; but unless the whole will, the matter ends, and I take up my musket and thank Heaven He has put it in my power.
THOMAS PAINE, Patriot, Author

Quotes from "The Second Amendment" by David Barton