Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Bill of Rights

"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."

Preservation and Proposition

Our mission is to document the pivotal Second Amendment events that occurred in Frontier Mercersburg, and its environs, and to heighten awareness of the importance of these events in the founding of our Nation.

We are dedicated to the preservation of the place where the Second Amendment was "born" and to the proposition that the Second Amendment (the "right to bear arms") is the keystone of our Liberty and the Republic.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Detroit residents use Second Amendment to defend their homes

By Detroit Free Press (MI) - 3/ 

Frances Williams said she knows the people on her block near St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church on Detroit's west side.

Good people. Law-abiding people. Homeowners.

She wiped a tear as she talks about the anguish she believes her friend of 20 years and neighbor a few doors away must be going through. Police said the neighbor shot and killed two men trying to break into his house on Dexter this morning.

It's unfortunate that two people died, but the break-ins have to stop, she said.

Friday, March 28, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Broad Reading to Federal Firearm Prohibition for "Domestic Violence

By NRA - 3/28/ 2014
Since 1996, the so-called "Lautenberg Amendment" (named for its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)), has banned the acquisition or possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence."  Applicable crimes are limited to those that have "as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon" and that are committed by persons with a specified relationship to the victim, such as a current or former spouse or a parent.   The prohibition applies no matter when the offense occurred and can include convictions that predated the 1996 law.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pennsylvania: Anti-Gun State Lawmakers Attempting to Derail Firearms Preemption Bill

By NRA - 3/26/2014
Anti-gun lawmakers in Harrisburg are attempting to kill an important firearms preemption bill, and have filed 122 amendments in an attempt to derail House Bill 2011.  HB 2011 passed in the House Judiciary Committee by a 20 to 5 vote on March 18, and is scheduled for consideration by the full House of Representatives after they return from their legislative recess on Monday, March 31.
Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.  Pennsylvania law specifically states:

"No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth." 
State firearms preemption was enacted by the state legislature to avoid the possibility of 2,639 separate gun laws across the Commonwealth.  However, over recent years, nearly fifty local governments have knowingly enacted gun control ordinances in violation of the state firearms preemption law.

A myriad of local gun laws makes compliance very difficult and nearly impossible for responsible gun owners.  This type of system creates a scenario where gun owners and sportsmen have difficulty even knowing about certain laws, much less understanding them.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ukraine Gun Owners Association Demands Their Own Second Amendment

- 3/24/2014                      

The Ukraine Gun Owners Association wants the new government to add their own right to bear arms to the country's constitution.
As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.
People gathered in Independence Square in Kiev after President Viktor Yanukovich rejected a European Union trade deal for a $15 billion bailout from Russia in November. It was relatively peaceful for three months, but violence escalated on February 18. Over 70 people died during the week and amateur videos showed snipers shooting at unarmed protesters.
People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution. Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people!
Armed people are treated with respect!
America's founding fathers implemented the second amendment because it is a natural right for people to defend themselves.
According to, Ukraine's gun laws are described as restrictive. The government owns seven million guns while there are only three million guns for private citizens. A citizen must prove they have a legitimate reason to own a firearm.

Friday, March 21, 2014

How Many Times Should You Shoot?

From time to time you will hear media reports about some bad guy getting shot a whole bunch of times. Typically the situation involves the police shooting someone multiple times. In the days that follow, community activists come out of the woodwork, claiming “excessive force” was used. That will be followed by claims that the dead man was “…a good boy.”

Well, I won’t delve too deeply into the idea that some “good boys” are good boys right up until the time they pick up a weapon and threaten other people with imminent death or great bodily harm. Once they do that, they are no longer good boys.

Right now I’m talking about what it takes to stop those good boys turned bad. How much force is reasonable?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Public housing tenants have a right to bear arms, even in common areas

By Eugene Volokh - 3/19/2014
Public housing tenants have a right to bear arms, even in common areas. . .So holds Tuesday's 
Delaware Supreme Court decision in Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority) (Del. Mar. 18, 2014). The court applied the Delaware Constitution’s right to bear arms provision — “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use” — and the court noted that this language may justify broader protection than that given by the Second Amendment. Still, the precedent is likely to prove influential in other states as well, since the case deals with having guns for self-defense, which D.C. v. Heller has held is covered by the Second Amendment. (If the case had dealt with hunting and recreational use, for instance, the matter might well have been different.) An excerpt:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dr. David Katz: Don't invoke 2nd Amendment to put bullet holes in 1st

By Dr. David Katz - 03/15/14
I find it incredible, and deeply disheartening, that the confirmation of our next U.S. surgeon general may come undone because Dr. Vivek Murthy has expressed his support for widely favored gun control measures, such as an assault weapons ban.

Now, before you start taking shots at me, let's be clear: I am not writing about gun control today. I have done that before, and weathered the attendant barrage. Today, I am writing about bills, not bullets; dialogue, not Derringers.

The most ardent proponents of gun rights and the most impassioned advocates for gun control are obligated to come together and acknowledge the relevance of the Bill of Rights. Interpretations of the Second Amendment vary, but the fundamental relevance of the Bill of Rights and its amendments to the ineluctable aspects of being American do not. We are American; these are our rights.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NFL Bands Off-Duty Cops from Carrying Guns to Games

By Fox News - 3/11/2014
The New York Police Department is considering a challenge against the National Football League policy that bans off-duty police offers from carrying their weapons into stadiums. Two Minnesota police organizations have sued the NFL, claiming it violates state law.

The NFL's policy, adopted last September, prohibits firearms in any league facilities, including team offices and practice facilities as well as stadiums. The only exceptions in the policy are for law enforcement officers that are specifically assigned to work an NFL game or event as security or for private security contractors with valid licenses and firearms permits.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Gun control: free speech and sign laws

By Buffalo News (NY)- 3/10/2014
The Hamburg home owner whose sign protesting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his gun control legislation says that he is at war with town officials, but over free speech, not guns.

"They started this war, and we're going to finish it," E. Scott Zawierucha said Friday after Hamburg's two town justices removed themselves from the case against him to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Zawierucha, who is charged with violating the town's sign law, said his motive is to preserve the rights of other citizens when it comes to free speech.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Top 6 pocket guns

By: Richard L. Johnson -  11/11/2013
One of the most convenient ways to carry a handgun for self-defense is in a pocket.  With the right sized gun and a good pocket holster, a gun can ride comfortably and unnoticed in all but the tightest of pants.

Here are my top six guns for pocket carry.

Kahr PM9/CM9 

I think it is hard to beat the Kahr PM9 and CM9 pistols for pocket carry.  They offer exceptional reliability and accuracy with a smooth trigger and good sights.

Like all of the guns on this list, these pistols are double action only.  Both are chambered in 9mm, and use six round magazines.  Unloaded, both guns weigh less than a pound in part due to their polymer frames.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NRA Response to Facebook Policy Change

By NRA - 3/52014
The NRA enjoys 150 times more support on Facebook than Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That’s why Bloomberg and the gun control groups he funds tried to pressure Facebook into shutting down discussion of Second Amendment issues on its social media platforms. Bloomberg failed. NRA members and our supporters will continue to have a platform to exercise their First Amendment rights in support of their Second Amendment freedoms. – Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
 -NRA-Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at and on Twitter @NRA.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brady Law Has Done Little To Keep Guns Out Of Criminals' Hands

A13_ISSUES By s Daily3/3/ 
Last Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the so-called Brady Law, a federal gun control in honor of James Brady, Ronald Reagan's former press secretary who was wounded in John Hinckley's assassination attempt.

Since it requires background checks on all guns purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers, gun control advocates celebrated the law's purported effectiveness.
The description by the Capitol newspaper The Hill was typical: "The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which took effect 20 years ago Friday, has blocked more than 2 million firearm sales, preventing 'countless' killings and other crimes, gun control advocates said at an event to mark the anniversary ... ."

On Friday, the Brady Campaign claimed that half those blocked from purchasing a gun — over 1 million — were felons.

Carrying guns in public in California

By Jason Swindle/Columnist - 3/3/2014

A pro-Second Amendment decision recently came down from one of the most unlikely appellate courts in the Republic; the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit is considered to be the most liberal court in the federal judiciary.  It also has a history of hostility to constitutional rights protected under the 2nd Amendment. 

However, in Peruta v. San Diego, a three-judge panel of the Court affirmed the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.