By Stephen P. Halbrook
Whether newly-freed slaves may be relied on to possess firearms used to be in nice dispute in 1866, and the ramifications of this factor reverberate in modern gun-control debate. this can be the single complete learn ever released at the purpose of the framers of the Fourteenth modification and of Reconstruction-era civil rights laws to guard the fitting to maintain and endure fingers. certainly, this is often the main designated learn ever released concerning the cause of the Fourteenth modification to include and to guard from kingdom violation any of the rights assured by means of the invoice of Rights, even together with loose speech. sarcastically, the second one modification is nearly the single invoice of Rights warrantly now not famous by way of the federal courts as safe by means of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Through legislative and ancient documents generated through the Reconstruction epoch (1866-1876), Halbrook exhibits the rationale of the Fourteenth modification and of civil rights laws to assure complete and equivalent rights to blacks, together with the fitting to maintain and undergo arms.
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Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876 (Literature) by Stephen P. Halbrook