Did The First Congress Require That Able-Bodied Men Own Guns?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

May 31, 2017 4:10 pm,

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says that the first Congress of the United States passed a law requiring every able-bodied man to own a gun.

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

In a speech to the National Rifle Association in April, Cruz told the group that the first time Congress tried to control guns, members passed a law requiring men to carry them.

Hear how Sen. Cruz’s claim scored in the player above.