Americans' right to buy and operate firearms has been protected since 1791, as stated by the Second Amendment: "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." About 30,000 Americans die from gun-related incidents every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Despite this statistics, more Americans are now in favor of less strict gun laws. According to a Gallup poll, 54 percent favored stricter laws in 2001, then 50 percent in 2007. Now, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll in 2009, only 39 percent are in favor of stricter gun laws.
Americans' right to bear arms was further strengthened in a 2008 ruling by the Supreme Court. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court said the Constitution protects an individual's right to own guns, not just the collective right of the states to maintain regulated militias. The Court's 5-4 ruling struck down a handgun ban enacted in the District of Columbia in 1976 and also rejected as unconstitutional the District's requirements that firearms have trigger locks or be kept disassembled. Because the case involved D.C., which is not a state, controversy about whether the Second Amendment prevents only the federal government from infringing upon the right, or whether it extends to state and local jurisdictions, remains
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