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Authorities gear up security, amidst fear of violence in upcoming Virginia gun rally

President Donald Trump, a major ally of the pro-gun lobby, expressed his support for the protesters who are infuriated over the state's infringement of their 'right to bear arms'; given to them by the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Some constitutional scholars, however, argue that the Framers of the constitution intended only to restrict Congress from legislating away a state’s right to self-defense. The tussle between pro and anti gun groups continues in the US. Will the authorities be successful in finding a solution to the quagmire?

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The Second Amendment of US constitution says, ” A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free Statethe right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” However, a rise in public shootings and attacks at public schools have jolted constitutional scholars to look into the amendment from a different lens.

Subsequently, some constitutional scholars have pointed to the prefatory language “a well regulated Militia” to argue that the Framers of the constitution intended only to restrict Congress from legislating away a state’s right to self-defense. Scholars have come to call this theory “the collective rights theory.”

A collective rights theory of the Second Amendment asserts that citizens do not have an individual right to possess guns and that local, state, and federal legislative bodies therefore possess the authority to regulate firearms without implicating a constitutional right.

The FBI arrested seven alleged members of the white extremist group “The Base” suspected of trying to create trouble at the rally

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AFP with additional input from GVS News Desk

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