History of gun control in America

POSTED: 11:34 AM PST Dec 17, 2012    UPDATED: 07:37 AM PDT May 30, 2014 

The House recently approved a measure that would provide more money for background checks on gun buyers nearly a week after a mass murder in California left seven people dead. Take a look at the history of gun control in America.

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The amendment is thought to have been influenced by the English Bill of Rights, passed in 1689. Its intended meaning has long been disputed, with opponents arguing that "well-regulated militia" allows firearms regulation, with supporters placing emphasis on the second clause.

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