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History of gun control in America

Published On: Dec 17 2012 01:34:07 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 09:18:47 AM CST

Back in the spotlight in today's Senate hearing, gun control is a contentious issue that dates back to America's Founding Fathers.

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The amendment is thought to have been influenced by the English Bill of Rights, passed in 1689. Its intended meaning has long been disputed, with opponents arguing that "well-regulated militia" allows firearms regulation, with supporters placing emphasis on the second clause.

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