What is The 2nd Amendment? - Definition, History & Court Cases


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A pro-gun supporter would probably emphasize which part of the 2nd Amendment?

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1. In U.S. v. Cruikshank, the Supreme Court ruled that:

2. In U.S. v. Miller, the Supreme Court ruled that:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

According to the 2nd Amendment, each state needs an armed militia, and therefore the government cannot interfere with the right of people to keep guns. This quiz/worksheet combo quizzes you on the continual legal debate over the 2nd Amendment, different interpretations of the law, and its significance to Americans who both support and oppose gun ownership.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Clause that many believe gives people the right to own guns
  • Significance of U.S. v. Cruikshank
  • Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Miller
  • Result of the District of Columbia v. Heller
  • Importance of McDonald v. Chicago

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the 2nd Amendment
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the Supreme Court rulings in United States v. Miller and District of Columbia v. Heller
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about interpretations of the 2nd Amendment

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, What is The 2nd Amendment? - Definition, History & Court Cases. Besides providing data on gun ownership worldwide, this lesson will:

  • Explain the origin of the 2nd Amendment
  • Clarify how the U.S. v. Cruikshank ruling interpreted the 2nd Amendment
  • Describe the Supreme Court reversal on the militia clause
  • Cite some of the limitations on 2nd Amendment rights