The ten amendments’ in the US Constitution guarantee our natural born right in a variety of topics such as freedom of speech, religion and many more. While we are guaranteed these rights, they all have their own limitations that are not always stated as clearly as the right itself. These constitutional rights can also be commonly misinterpreted and leave people with different perceptions on what each one entail.
One of our constitutional rights that is misused is the second amendment, the right to bear arms. The right to bear arms has become a controversial right that while guaranteeing the ability to obtain firearms has also had limitations to who can possess such items and what type of arms are legal to have. The right to bear arms is a constitutional right guaranteed to Americans in the Constitution under the Bill of Rights. Although guaranteed by the second amendment the right to bear arms has limitations and restrictions. Limitations on this amendment include on who can legally possess a firearm. Many laws and regulations state that people who have been convicted of a at least a misdemeanor or of domestic violence do not have the ability to legally own a firearm. “Federal law prohibits the purchase and possession of firearms by people who fall within certain categories, such as convicted felons, domestic abusers, and people with specific kinds of mental health histories” (Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence). By placing this limitation to a constitutional law people who were once convicted no longer hold the second amendment right. The negative effect to this limitation is that if someone has changed their ways and rehabilitated their mind, they still cannot have that right back.
This limitation is a positive because those who have already been proven to cause harm on others and not obey the law are being kept away from harmful weapons. With limitations the government is trying to make sure that people who are legally able to have a firearm are mentally cable to make sound and rational decisions when using for recreational purpose or in states that have the “stand your ground law” like in California.
The constitutional rights to bear arms is limited because it dictates what citizens can possess, such as the amount of ammunition you can carry or the type of weapon you can own. These two things can have negative and positive ways that this limits our right. The positive ways can be that a person who illegally picks up one of these things cannot do so much damage. The negative way is that it takes away from people who are pro-gun or collectors of weapons to possess these items for recreational purposes. Limiting the type of weapons that can be legally purchased also makes sure that high power weapons such as machine guns are less likely to be placed in the hands of someone who can cause great damage. These guns are reserved for people such as our military or law enforcement. By regulating what type of weapons that can be possessed and the amount of ammunition the limitations placed on our constitutional right are modified to help regulated what is legally allowed within our country.
While we are afforded many basic rights granted to us with the Bill of Rights, there are still limitations placed on each one that have both negatives and positives that affect us. The second amendment which contains our right to bear arms allows us to have firearms in our procession. The government places limitations such as who can possess these types of guns, the type of weapons is legal and how many rounds they can each hold the right is still there for the people to be able to use. Rights are granted to us and while they hold limitation law abiding citizens can utilize them.