Second Amendment to the United States Constitution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia From my reading it sound like Supreme Court "ruled that the right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution." we can't have tactical rifles or using as self-defend. A family member trying to tell me I should not own any tacticool rifle. In United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875), the Supreme Court ruled that "[t]he right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second Amendment means no more than that it shall not be infringed by Congress, and has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the National Government."