Weapons control indeed has a very long, if not glorious, history.
For hundreds of years before the birth of our Republic it was in general widely understood and accepted English tradition that ordinary, honest people have arms to be used for, at various times and under various conditions, self defense, defense of their communities, prevention of crime and apprehension criminals, assisting in maintaining public order, defense of the nation, and (yes) hunting. But at various times times some rights were circumscribed, often for one group or another, depending on who was in power. For example, sometimes arms were forbidden to Catholics, and at other times to Protestants.
The foregoing is covered in great detail in Joyce Lee Malcolm's excellent book, Guns and Violence, the English Experience (Harvard University Press, 2002).
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