After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre where seventeen students were killed, and seventeen other students were injured, the lawmakers in the Florida state capital were met by 100 students in an attempt to curb gun control problems.

The Second Amendment has been shaped by several court cases and laws throughout history, and it still remains an extremely touchy issue till this day. In this article, we’ll go through the timeline of how the Second Amendment came to be.

1.     1791

Ten amendments were ratified to the US constitution in which the second gave people the right to form a regulated militia in order to help citizens against a federal army. This right wouldn’t be infringed, and along with the Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights was formed on December 15, 1791.


2.     1934

As part of Roosevelt’s “New Deal for Crime,” national gun control saw its first ever legislation which was passed on June 26, 1934. The National Firearms Act (NFA) sought to reduce gangland crimes. This was done by a tax that was imposed on the manufacturing, selling, and transportation of firearms that included rifles, machine guns, short-barrel shotgun as well as silencers and mufflers. There was a $200 tax on people who wanted to transfer their weapons.

3.     1938

In 1938, the Federal Firearms Act (FFA) mandated a federal firearms license on gun manufacturers, importers and dealers. A group of people, such as felons, were barred from owning or purchasing a gun. Gun sellers were also made to keep a record of their customers.

4.     1968

After Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy were assassinated, then President Lyndon B. Johnson put Gun Control Act of 1968 in place, replacing FFA. GCA broadened the definition of a machine gun. It also banned importing guns that weren’t of sporting purpose. An age restriction was put in place that only allowed people who were 21 or older to purchase a handgun. The mentally ill and felons among others were prohibited from buying guns. Guns were required by law to be serialized, whether they were manufactured or imported.

5.     1994

President Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Under this was the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act which banned assault weapons temporarily from 1994 to September 2004. Possessing, manufacturing or transferring a semiautomatic assault weapon was outlawed.

6.     2005

President George W. Bush signed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which prevented gun manufacturers from being in a federal or state civil suit. This was passed to protect dealers, distributors, manufacturers, and importers from causes of action for the harm caused by criminal or unlawful firearm use.


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