Fact-check: Second Amendment didn’t originally limit gun ownership

Fact-check: Second Amendment didn't originally limit gun ownership

Joe Biden: "The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own.” PolitiFact’s ruling: False Here’s why: President Joe Biden’s plan to curb rising violence relies on several steps: more aid to local police departments, expanding job programs for young adults, more violence intervention programs, and tougher measures to shut down gun sellers who break federal laws. "Rogue gun dealers feel like they can get away with selling guns to people who aren’t legally allowed to own them," Biden said June 23. "There has always been the ability to limit — rationally limit the type of weapon that can be owned and who can own it." And, Biden said, that power was rooted in history. "The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own," Biden said. "You couldn’t buy a cannon." We reached out to the White House and received no comment, but Biden’s statement is not accurate history. During the campaign, Biden made a similar claim about cannons in the Revolutionary War and who could own them. We rated that False. This time, on top of that, Biden misrepresents what the Second Amendment says. Second Amendment places no limits, experts say The text of the Second Amendment is short: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the […]

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