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The Second Amendment's Prefatory Clause

Supreme Court of the United States
District of Columbia et al v. Heller
26 June 2008

The [Second] Amendment's prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause's text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms.