The Second Amendment Didn’t Protect Your Right To Own A Gun Until 2008

Just over a decade ago, the Supreme Court redefined the second amendment. Previously, in the eyes of federal courts, the change protected the right of state militias to bear arms – not the rights of individual Americans. That changed in 2008 with the stroke of a pen. And this November, the Supreme Court has a chance to expand the meaning of the second amendment once again and potentially allow more hidden weapons on the streets of big cities like Los Angeles and New York.

In our new video series, Reigning Supreme, Senior Legal Reporter Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux examines the power of the court – and reveals the hidden ways judges are influencing American life – through this year’s themes this year. In this first episode, she delves into the history of the second amendment and the way politics affects the decisions of the Supreme Court.

This video is part of “Rethinking violence with weapons” an ABC News series examining the extent of gun violence in the United States – and what can be done about it.

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