Joyce Lee Malcolm, To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right . Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1994.
That reflects a deep resistance to guns in African-American communities that goes back to the civil rights era, when blacks, often victims of gun crimes, began to see gun ownership as counterproductive and dangerous. But that doesn't tell the whole story, gun-carry proponents say.
Gun owners have been warned against travelling to California, after officials ditched the Second Amendment - making gun ownership illegal.
In Parker v. District of Columbia (March 2007), the . Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Washington, .'s handgun ban on grounds that it violates the Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to bear arms. The case is being appealed to the . Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller , which may soon address the meaning of the Second Amendment. Almost any standard would be an improvement over Miller .
In states that do not outlaw them, private militias are limited only by the criminal laws applicable to all of society. Thus, if an armed private militia seeks to parade and exercise in a public area, its members will be subject to arrest on a variety of laws, including disturbing-the-peace, firearms, or even riot statutes.
We are dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate .