Columbia, SC — Many gun-rights supporters focus on the notion that gun laws violate the last part of the Second Amendment that says “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” None seems to notice that the amendment starts with the phrase “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State.” That suggests a citizen is first to comply with the regulations in order to have the right to possess a gun.
If the writers of the Constitution wanted to put the right to own a gun above public safety, they would not have written the Second Amendment as they did. Not only does it say an armed citizen should be regulated, but “well” regulated.
A new gun costs hundreds of dollars, so I don’t understand why people would not want to register their valuable property. If a gun was stole and recovered by the police in a separate crime states away, wouldn’t having a national gun registry make it easier to return the gun to its proper owner?
Henry Ivey West III