Although the 27 words of the Second Amendment seem simple enough, the intent of those words have been argued about if not fought over since the Amendment was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791.
This book explores the meaning of those 27 words, focusing on the debated issues of collective vs. individual rights of gun ownership, and the many restrictions on keeping and bearing arms through the laws in place when the Second Amendment became law. The arms laws at that time came from State Constitutions and the laws of the then 14 states. The book then uses straight math to break down each law into six categories, to calculate what the Amendment probably meant and didn’t mean at that time.
The book also includes, for example, a brief description of each of the 279 laws and parts of those laws in force on Dec. 15, 1791, including: 66 laws restricting the right to keep and bear arms; 45 U.S. Supreme Court decisions accepting restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms; quotes about the expectations and importance of arms ownership prior to the Second Amendment; and laws in place at that time that required individuals to have or carry arms (not related to the Militia or Military).
Along with a methodology, the author also gives his conclusions about what the Second Amendment probably meant and didn’t mean, when it became law on Dec. 15, 1791.
This project is approximately 99% complete and ready to be published. Mr. Markoff is looking for an agent and/or publisher.