“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..”
– Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992), Amendment II
“One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offence to keep arms…”
– Justice Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (1833).