The second amendment is a prohibition upon the government. It prohibits the government from infringing upon our right to bear arms. Specifically:
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.
It is obvious from the wording that the second amendment does not give the right to bear arms, it prohibits the government from being able to take that right away by mandating that the right "shall not be infringed."
We do not get the right to bear arms from the Constituion. Rather, the Constitution simply mandates that government protect this right.
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