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2A Day – April 17, 2023

2A Day, marked on April 17, is the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and is observed, celebrated, and remembered. This national holiday honors the founding fathers’ foresight in enshrining the rights of the American people as represented in the Second Amendment. Americans’ right to own and carry firearms is protected under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. On December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment and the other nine Bill of Rights provisions were passed. The Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) that non-military people had the right to have arms in their homes for self-defense.

History of 2A Day

The Second Amendment has roots that go back to ancient Roman and Florentine times, but it wasn’t until the 16th century that the English roots began to emerge. This resulted from Queen Elizabeth I establishing a national militia made up of people from all social groups who were mandated by law to take part in defending the realm. Even though Queen Elizabeth’s attempt to create a national militia was a dismal failure, the militia’s philosophy served as a powerful political instrument up to the middle of the 18th century.

The political debate over the formation and administration of the militia had a considerable impact on both the English Civil Wars and the Glorious Revolution. Several constitutional historians contested and rejected the court’s finding that the Second Amendment protected people’s right to “keep and bear arms” for home defense, despite the outcome of the Heller and MacDonald case before the United States Supreme Court. Before the Supreme Court’s ruling in the current case, judges and academics had been discussing for about 200 years whether the Second Amendment genuinely safeguarded the right of individuals to defend themselves.

However, the definition of “self-defense” was developed in the late 20th century, and a sizeable minority of judges had adopted it by that point. The majority of Americans, particularly those who opposed gun restrictions, did not hold the self-defense viewpoint in high regard.

2A Day timeline

1787
The United States Constitution is Signed

The United States Constitution is signed by 39 out of 55 delegates.

1791
The Second Amendment is Ratified

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.

2008
D.C. vs. Heller

The District of Columbia vs. Heller case is decided, defining the Second Amendment as granting individual rights to possess guns as well.

2019
First Ever 2A Day

The 2A Day is created by Deborah Lane.

2A Day FAQs

What is 2A Day?

2A Day, observed on April 17 every year, is an American holiday celebrated in honor of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

What is the Second Amendment?

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is a feature of the U.S. Constitution that protects the right of Americans to keep and bear (fire)arms.

When was the first gun made?

The very first gun was made in China in 1000 A.D.

How to Observe 2A Day

  1. Visit a shooting range

    Visit a shooting range on 2A Day with a friend to hone your shooting technique. You can learn many cool tricks.

  2. Attend a 2A Day funfare

    Typically, funfairs, concerts, and other events are planned to honor 2A Day. Make sure to visit any of them, and enjoy yourself!

  3. Join the conversation online

    Use the hashtag #2ADay to participate in the online debate and trends surrounding the Second Amendment and gun control. There’s bound to be an interesting dialogue.

5 Interesting Facts About Guns

  1. First Gun made in China

    The very first gun was made in China in 1000 A.D.

  2. Earliest surviving European firearm

    The earliest surviving firearm was found in Otepaa, Estonia, and dates back as far as 1396.

  3. Glock 19 is the most popular firearm

    The most popular firearm, as of 2021, is the Glock 19.

  4. Colt revolver invented

    Samuel Colt invented the first Colt revolver in 1836.

  5. World’s smallest firearm

    The smallest firearm in the world is the 2mm Kolibri.

Why 2A Day is Important

  1. Guns serve as protection

    The most important reason why we keep guns around us is our protection against (armed) intruders. However, it is very important to be responsible with your gun.

  2. Guns have historical ties

    Guns are quite pivotal in the history of America’s development to date. We love our history!

  3. They are useful for hunting

    Guns are exceptionally useful for hunting game. Make sure to be safe when using one though.

2A Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 17Monday
2024April 17Wednesday
2025April 17Thursday
2026April 17Friday
2027April 17Saturday

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