To a lot of people, buying a gun is a new and confusing experience. They may not have grown up around guns, or ever been shooting. They don’t know what to get, how to handle it, how to be safe, and how to clean it. I am going to mention a few thoughts here. This is just my friendly advice, and is not legal, medical, psychological, or any other kind of professional advice. Please be in touch if you’d like to discuss any of this, through our Contact Us page.
Think Carefully about the Internet’s, and “Gun People’s” Advice
There is a lot of advice out there. Much of it is very good and correct. But a lot of it makes you feel like you have to outfit yourself like a Navy Seal, and train hundreds of hours, before you are a competent gu...
The second amendment to the US Constitution famously says “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.”
A lot of gun owners have strong opinions about what this cryptic sentence means. Some people feel that any gun restrictions at all are unconstitutional: “shall not be infringed.” Other people home in on the “prefatory clause”, and say gun ownership is protected insofar as it is connected with service in a well-regulated militia.
Here are three Supreme Court cases that have addressed some of these questions.
First is an older case, Miller, from 1939. In that case, the Supreme Court decided that ownership of a sawed off sh...