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History of gun control in America

POSTED: 11:34 AM PST Dec 17, 2012    UPDATED: 07:18 AM PST Jan 30, 2013 

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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One of the earliest arguments over gun rights in America was whether slaves should be allowed to carry them. In its historic 1856 Dred Scott decision, the U.S. Supreme Court stated it would give slaves who are recognized as U.S. citizens the "full liberty" to keep and carry guns wherever they went.

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