I had to answer this question as part of a class I recently finished. While it is a bit long and I'm not a very good writer, I would appreciate any of your observations or criticisms as to the subject matter and evaluations of my responses. I do realize it is a bit long and if this violates any forum rules, I apologize. As far as I can tell it doesn't so, here it is: Common Sense and Firearms With our nations instant access to sensationalized news stories of violence splayed across the internet, television and newspapers, many people have begun to wonder if the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is sufficiently restrictive. In a recent case seen by the Supreme Court we have taken a closer look at the Amendment itself and the context in which it was created. A question that remains to be answered is if there are any legitimate restrictions on gun ownership. Given context provided by the Supreme Court ruling, other Constitutional Amendments and the perilous times and situation in which the Amendment was created, I believe that there are very few legitimate restrictions on firearm ownership. In the case District of Columbia (D.C.) versus Heller, one finds arguments that touch on every conceivable aspect of the Second Amendment. Since 1975, the District of Columbia had banned the possession of unlocked firearms within D.C. residents homes. The law required that residents keep any of the few firearms allowed in the District unloaded and disassembled or fitted with a trigger lock. It may be difficult for those not familiar with firearms to understand how this would stop the people living in D.C. from using those weapons in a defensive role. Essentially, the amount of time it would take to reassemble, load or unlock a firearm effectively prohibited the people of D.C. from using firearms in self defense. If this is doubted, one merely need ask if police officers or military members would care to keep their weapons unloaded, disassembled or fitted with a trigger lock. One may also consider that the armed guards for the many government buildings in D.C. do not keep their weapons in such a condition.