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The Second Amendment did not place limits on individual ownership of cannons.
Federal gun regulation came decades after the amendment passed.
Biden has made this False statement before.
President Joe Biden announced new regulations to curb the proliferation of so-called "ghost guns," unserialized firearms made from kits.
Biden spoke of codifying a prohibition on manufacturing these firearms without serial numbers, requiring sellers to conduct a background check on prospective buyers, among other rules. He also detailed his desire to see assault weapons and high-capacity magazines banned.
Then the president invoked history to support his stance.
"From the very beginning, the Second Amendment didn’t say you can own any gun you want, big as you want," Biden said at the press conference. "You couldn’t buy a cannon when, in fact, the Second Amendment passed."
This isn’t the first time Biden made such an assertion about the Second Amendment. Or even the second.
During his presidential campaign, he made a similar claim about cannon ownership in the Revolutionary War. We rated that False.
Then, in 2021, Biden said the Second Amendment "limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own." False again.
Email interview with David Kopel, the research director and Second Amendment project director at the Independence Institute, April 12, 2022
White House Briefing Room, Remarks by President Biden Announcing Actions to Fight Gun Crime, April 11, 2022
White House Briefing Room, The Biden Administration Cracks Down on Ghost Guns, April 11, 2022
PolitiFact, Joe Biden’s dubious claim about Revolutionary War cannon ownership, June 29, 2020
PolitiFact, Joe Biden gets history wrong on the Second Amendment limiting gun ownership, June 25, 2021
The Washington Post, Biden’s false claim that the 2nd Amendment bans cannon ownership, June 28, 2021
National Archives, The Bill of Rights: A Transcription, accessed April 12, 20212
Oyez, D.C. vs. Heller, June 26, 2008
U.S. Government Printing Office, National Firearms Act - House Ways and Means Committee hearings, April-May, 1934
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