America’s Gun Laws

“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 Second Amendment and other freedoms spelled out in the U.S. Constitution were intended to calm fears that the new government could engage in tyranny. Some legal scholars believe the amendment was meant to protect the right of states to use militias for self-defense, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment establishes gun ownership rights for private citizens.


Project credits

Deepak Dobhal
Reporter, Cameraman, Producer

Elizabeth Arrott

Brian Williamson
Designer and Developer

Special Thanks to Yolanda Lopez