Roger 123 - when the Constitution was written, there was little difference between the weapons used for war and those used for hunting and personal defense. But the reason the amendment was adopted wasn't so that folks could go hunting, or even to provide for their own defense. The provision exists because the recent experience of the Founders was that an oppressive government had to be resisted by revolution and warfare. The government today could easily become far more oppressive than the one under which the colonists suffered. It doesn't want us to have assault rifles because those weapons make it a fairer fight if we were ever at war with that government. If it were not for that threat, why does anyone need such weapons?