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The only amendment in the Bill of Rights that literally includes the word "regulated" within its very text is the Second. Yet strangely, the NRA and other gun extremists think the right to bear arms is the only one among the Bill of Rights, adopted in 1791, that should be totally un-regulated. A fellow journalist whose work I admire recently educated me about 18th-century usage of the word "regulated." According to him, the words "well regulated" in the Second Amendment are a reference to supply. In that context, he explained, the Framers were saying that militias should be “well supplied” with guns and ammunition.
|I hate this ignorant jack-assery.
"Well regulated" does NOT mean that the government gets to ban any particular gun, or even pass any laws at all with regards to firearms. The phrase means a WELL TRAINED, WELL ORGANIZED militia. The founders learned through their experience that training, discipline and organization were very important in a militia if it were to function as an effective force.
That is all it means.
It is NOT a license for the government to do what the second clause in the 2A forbids.