Since some believe the 2nd Amendment covers automatic weapons, does it cover bomb making? Does it cover having a missile launcher in your backyard? How about an armed tank in your driveway? Or a Howitzer protecting your front door? These are all arms. What are the limits within the 2nd Amendment, or are there none?
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So Sapper, am I to believe that you think those items I described in the question are covered by the 2nd Amendment?
They are covered. As it stands right now, the 2nd amendment is too broad and it will take someone having a tank in their front yard for it to finally be changed. The current wording was find the the 1700's, but not today.
I agree - the same is true for automatic assault rifles and high capacity magazines - that is why the 2nd Amendment is scary and outdated. The authors had no idea of the weapons to come.
Thank you Old Empresario - interesting answer, mostly correct. I assume you are not in favor of citizens having the items I described in the question?
Just "mostly correct"? To answer the question, no. Although I know people who fix up WWII-era aircraft and fly them around for recreational purposes if that's allowed.
The meanings of the 2nd Amendment have been and will continue to be debated. Its adoption following the Revolutionary War was mainly to guard against foreign invasion or tyrannical government. So you don't think tanks and missiles are covered?
Hi Deb Welch - thanks for your input, but you didn't actually answer the question - please reread it and tell me what you think.
Sorry - went to Wikipedia - found what it meant in the late 1700's to bear arms. Rifles,muskets,firelock,a sufficient bayonet,knapsack,pouch,2 spare flints,24 cartridges etc. 2010 - Supreme Court listed firearms consistent with 2nd Amendmt.