The 2nd Amendment is about regulating PEOPLE, not ITEMS. It says a "well regulated militia", no mention of regulating the arms themselves. The big debate is about what constitutes the "militia". My 1973 Websters has 2 definitions...1 A part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergencies 2 The whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service. It would be interesting to see the definition of "militia" from a period (1700's) dictionary. What is probably more important are the supporting papers that were written at the time by the framers of the constitution (the Federalists papers? ). These explained their thoughts and intent. It is also important to remember that the amendments are not absolute. The First Amendment, free speech, does not give you the right to comit slander or liable or go into a movie theatre and shout "fire".