This is from Constitution.com.
The political battle over gun rights versus gun control is waging hot and heavy in the Virginia legislature. Democrats are pushing for more gun control laws and Republicans are pushing to preserve gun rights.
Virginia is the historical home to one of America’s most pro-gun rights presidents, Thomas Jefferson. When Thomas Jefferson penned the draft of the Virginia Constitution in 1776, he included the words:
“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms (within his own lands or tenements).” [Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution (with his note added), 1776. Papers 1:353.]
In 1808, Jefferson wrote:
“I learn with great concern that [one] portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a…
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