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Airguns ARE covered by the second amendment which states “…….keep and bear arms…” which is construed to mean ANY weapon that can be used for defense.

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I know what it says but the actual wording has, for the most part, been interpreted as a right to own firearms. So far, air guns have been specifically excluded from federal firearms laws and they don’t fall under the ATF. As far as I know, organizations that lobby to protect the right to own firearms under the 2nd Amendment have shown no interest in protecting air guns. 

I guess the larger potential problem is how they choose to interpret the 2nd Amendment moving forward. They don’t have to eliminate it to cause problems. A lot of people think of it almost like a god-given right for Americans to own guns. When you see the courts debating if it’s an “individual or collective right”, you can tell that they can choose to interpret it however they want (if they have enough support). The actual wording hasn’t been taken literally for a long time. They have already excluded certain groups and it has been ruled legal to exclude certain types of weapons in various States. 

I think that our position should be that air guns are not covered under the 2nd because they are not weapons. They are sporting and recreation equipment that is not designed for use on humans. While they could kill people, so could kitchen knives or golf clubs but they aren’t an efficient tool for mass murder. 

I can’t say I have researched murder weapons but, looking at how few airgun deaths there are in America, I would put money on there being more murders using baseball bats and kitchen knives.