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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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The U.S. Supreme Court entered the gun control debate in 2008, ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia. It was possibly the most important government statement regarding guns in the U.S. since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791.

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