When compared to the boatload of interpretations out there, the 2nd Amendment in the US Constitution is made up of relatively few words.
"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's not specific language that says you can have a gun in this circumstance, and you can't have one in that circumstance," said University of South Carolina law professor Colin Miller.
Miller says, like other amendments, the 2nd isn't as clear as some would like. Saturday, more than 40 protests were held at state capitals across the country, including one in Columbia, as part of Guns Across America.
Their Facebook page says they're against any and all future gun legislation that would threaten the 2nd Amendment. About 200 people attended the rally Saturday in Columbia.
"There are some folks that have an agenda to try to take away our second amendment rights and they'll use any tragedy to push that agenda," said SC State Senator Lee Bright of Spartanburg, who attended the demonstration. "So we're pushing back because we think we're safer protecting ourselves."
"You have a certain right to bear arms," said Miller. "It doesn't mean everyone has a right to bear arms, it doesn't mean you have a right to bear any arm. The question is, how do we interpret the law such that we can protect the rights on the one hand, and protect society and schoolchildren on the other?"
Miller compares it to the first amendment and laws that prevent hate speech or threats.
Still, pro-gun advocates see any legislation, like President Barack Obama's 23 executive orders calling for improved background checks and guidelines, as a slippery slope.
We reached out to the guns Across America Group on Friday, but didn't hear back.
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