Back in the spotlight in today's Senate hearing, gun control is a contentious issue that dates back to America's Founding Fathers.
1791: Congress adopts 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including the 10 that are known as the Bill of Rights. Among those rights is the Second Amendment, or the right to keep and bear arms. It reads: "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."
National Archives and Records Administration
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