Back in the spotlight in today's Senate hearing, gun control is a contentious issue that dates back to America's Founding Fathers.
One of the earliest arguments over gun rights in America was whether slaves should be allowed to carry them. In its historic 1856 Dred Scott decision, the U.S. Supreme Court stated it would give slaves who are recognized as U.S. citizens the "full liberty" to keep and carry guns wherever they went.
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