Understanding the Second Amendment

Why Gun Safety Laws Are Constitutional


Support for the Second Amendment in no way precludes the many laws and policies that Giffords Law Center has researched, drafted, and defended for the past 25 years. In 2008, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of a wide range of lifesaving gun safety laws in DC v. Heller.

The Text of the Second Amendment:

“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.”

The courts have spoken: the Second Amendment is not unlimited.

Time and again, gun safety laws have been proven constitutional.

Gun safety laws are critical to protecting other rights.