The Second Amendment seems simple on the surface:  "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."  Yet it has produced ongoing debate over the power of local, state and national governments to regulate, limit and in some cases ban the ownership of personal firearms.  Gun-control advocates cite the reference to a "well regulate militia" to mean the blanket right does not extend to individual citizens.  On the other side groups like the National Rifle Association have argued prohibits most government controls.  Many regulations of weapons have passed court muster including registration, purchase waiting periods, criminal background checks and tight controls on automatic and assault weapons, in general courts have sided with pro-gun arguments on ownership.  Washington, D.C., for example, in an attempt to reduce its crime rate tried in 1975 to ban ownership of handguns not registered by 1977.  An appeals court overturned the ban, and in 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ban violated a Second Amendment right to gun ownership.


Related Legislation

SB 648 Firearms

Firearms; alcohol; penalties.  Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who is under the influence of… more »

SB 586 Felonies by prisoners

Crimes by prisoners; penalties.  Provides that a prisoner may be charged under both the crimes by prisoners Code section… more »

SB 573 Capitol Police

Disposal of unclaimed firearms; Capitol Police.  Provides that the Division of Capitol Police may destroy unclaimed… more »

SB 563 Concealed handgun permits

Concealed handgun permits; application procedures.  Alters certain application procedures to obtain a concealed handgun… more »

SB 554 Firearms

Transportation or possession of firearms; certain emergency protective orders; penalty.  Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor… more »
« Prev | Next »

Virginia (change)

Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek