History of gun control in America

Posted: 2:34 PM EST Dec 17, 2012   Updated: 8:42 AM EST Jan 05, 2016

President Barack Obama is expected to announce an executive order to expand background checks on people purchasing guns on Tuesday. Take a look back at the history of gun control in America.

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1791: Congress adopts 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including the 10 that are known as the Bill of Rights. Among those rights is the Second Amendment, or the right to keep and bear arms. It reads: "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."


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