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Second Amendment

Part of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, the Second Amendment has been interpreted (by the U.S. Supreme Court) as guaranteeing the right to gun ownership for most individuals, although the issue is not without controversy. The full text of the Second Amendment reads: "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."

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