Timelines
Second Amendment

  • 1791
    Ratification of the Second Amendment

  • 1837
    Georgia High Court Strikes Down Handgun Ban

  • 1927
    Weapons Cannot Be Mailed

  • 1934
    Automatic Firearms Are Regulated

  • 1938
    Federal Regulation Of Gun Sales Begins

  • 1939
    Mandatory Registration Of Shotguns Is Approved

  • 1968
    Federal Gun-Control Regulations Enacted

  • 1972
    Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco And Firearms Established

  • 1981
    Reagan Seriously Wounded In Assassination Attempt

  • 1990
    Congress Passes The Gun-Free School Zones Act
    Crime Control Act Of 1990 Enacted

  • 1993
    Brady Law Imposes Waiting Periods, Background Checks

  • 1994
    Semiautomatic Weapons Are Banned

  • 1995
    Gun-Free School Zones Act Found Unconstitutional

  • 1996
    Gun Ban For Domestic Violence Offenders Passed

  • 1998
    New Orleans Files Suit Against Gun Makers

  • 2000
    Smith & Wesson Settles Municipalities' Lawsuits

  • 2003
    State Laws Regarding Concealed Weapons Vary

  • 2004
    Assault Weapons Ban Expires
    Semiautomatic Weapons Ban Is Allowed to Expire

  • 2005
    Protection Of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act Becomes Law

  • 2007
    Mass Shooting at Virginia Tech Kills 32

  • 2008
    Court Strikes Down D.C. Handgun Ban

  • 2010
    Court Says Second Amendment Right Applies To States

  • 2012
    Massacre at Conn. School Renews Gun Debate