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bear arms

To possess a weapon. The demonstration is in defense of the right to bear arms. We need to be careful, as some people in the crowd could be bearing arms.
See also: arm, bear

bear arms

to carry weapons The court stated that the right of an individual to keep and bear arms is not guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Usage notes: usually used in the phrases right to bear arms and keep and bear arms
See also: arm, bear