Upholding Liberty: 

The Case for the Second Amendment and Abolishing the NFA

29 March, 2023

Upholding Liberty: 

The Case for the Second Amendment and Abolishing the NFA

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "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." This statement has been the center of heated debates over gun control and individual rights in the United States for decades. While some advocate for stricter gun control measures, others argue that the Second Amendment is crucial in preserving individual liberties. This blog post will delve into the history of the Second Amendment, examine the current state of gun control laws, and make a case for the abolishment of the National Firearms Act (NFA) on the grounds that it infringes upon the Second Amendment.

The Historical Context of the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment was adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, which consists of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The founding fathers saw the right to bear arms as a fundamental individual right, rooted in the English common law tradition. They believed that an armed citizenry was essential to protect against tyranny, and to ensure the security of the nation.

The concept of a "well regulated Militia" was also important to the founders. They sought to avoid the creation of a standing army, which they saw as a potential source of oppression. Instead, they envisioned a decentralized force composed of citizens who could be called upon in times of need. In this context, the right to bear arms was seen as a means to empower citizens to defend their communities, and to participate in the collective defense of the nation.

The NFA and its Impact on Gun Ownership

The National Firearms Act (NFA) was enacted in 1934 in response to the rise of organized crime during the Prohibition Era. The NFA sought to regulate the sale, possession, and transfer of certain types of firearms, such as machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, and silencers. The NFA requires individuals to register these firearms with the federal government, pay a tax, and undergo a background check.

While the NFA may have been well-intentioned, it has had unintended consequences. Critics argue that the NFA infringes upon the Second Amendment by placing undue restrictions on law-abiding citizens, while criminals continue to obtain firearms illegally. Furthermore, the NFA disproportionately affects law-abiding citizens who may lack the resources to navigate the complex regulations and fees associated with NFA-regulated firearms.

Balancing Rights and Responsibilities

The debate over the Second Amendment and the NFA is fundamentally about striking a balance between individual rights and public safety. While it is true that gun violence remains a serious issue in the United States, it is important to remember that the vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens who value their Second Amendment rights.

Abolishing the NFA would not lead to an unregulated free-for-all, as there are still numerous federal and state laws that govern the sale, possession, and use of firearms. Instead, eliminating the NFA would allow law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights without undue burden, while preserving the ability of law enforcement to crack down on criminals who seek to obtain firearms illegally.


The Second Amendment is a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution, and it is vital to uphold the principles on which this nation was founded. The National Firearms Act, despite its good intentions, has served to undermine the Second Amendment by placing undue restrictions on law-abiding citizens. By advocating for the abolishment of the NFA, we can protect the individual liberties that define our nation while still promoting responsible gun ownership and public safety.