Educate Yourself By Reviewing The Laws & Taking ccw classes
Word for word, the second amendment says, “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.” The second amendment of the United States constitution guarantees your right to keep and bear arms. Politicians have been trying for years to crack down on our right to bear arms. And for years, Mad Dog Armory has been working to protect the second amendment while educating the community on how to defend themselves and safely use weapons.
You too can help prevent the government from banning guns by knowing what your 2nd amendment rights include and do not include, upholding your second amendment rights, and taking CCW classes or other gun-related classes to legally and responsibly use firearms.
What is a Militia?
To fully understand the second amendment, you must know what the terminology means. A militia is a military force from the civil population. Its meaning in the United States has changed over the years. According to George Mason during the Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution in 1778, “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
Currently, there are two types of militias in the U.S.: organized and unorganized. The organized militia consists of state forces, such as the National Guard (not the same thing as the National Guard of the United States) and Naval Militia. Every able-bodied man from 17-44 years old who is not a member of the National Guard or Naval Militia is considered the unorganized militia.
What are Arms?
The second amendment declares that you have the right to bear arms. At the time the U.S. Constitution was written, “arms” meant weapons that included guns but were not limited to guns. Interestingly, the right to bear arms is perceived as a natural or God-given right, so it’s not really the government granting this right. The second amendment serves as a reminder to the government that they can’t infringe on this natural human right to protect yourself with weapons. This is why the amendment ends with “shall not be infringed”.
Restrictions Around Owning a Firearm
In order to keep people safe, the federal government has passed several laws regulating the owning and bearing of arms. For example, people who are mentally ill cannot own guns. Machine guns were outlawed because they aren’t necessary for self-defense and it’s too easy to kill multiple people quickly with machine guns. Firearms cannot be taken into schools or government buildings either.
Own a Weapon and Earn Your License to Carry Concealed Weapons
Aside from understanding your second amendment rights and additional state and federal laws surrounding responsible gun ownership, you should take CCW classes and other gun-related classes for your safety. A CCW class or concealed carry class will permit you to obtain a concealed carry license. In Florida, only the state can issue you the license. CCW classes enable you to receive a concealed carry license.
Mad Dog Armory offers concealed carry classes that provide you with all the information you need to know receive a Florida concealed carry license. Examples of topics covered in the course include Stand Your Ground, Castle Doctrine, and Reciprocity. You will learn the legalities involved and what the laws allow and do not allow, so that you don’t unintentionally misuse your ability to carry a concealed weapon.
A CCW class is not for beginners, so make sure you first learn how to use a firearm before signing up for this class. You cannot carry a concealed gun unless you know how to safely use it.
The best way to uphold your second amendment rights is to understand what they are and be prepared to defend them in the worst-case scenario. If you’re uncomfortable around guns, then find a way to defend yourself that works for you. For instance, you can learn how to use other weapons like pepper spray and Tasers. You can also master a martial art. Whatever you do, it’s important to learn some form of self-defense.