bear arms

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
References in classic literature ?
The citizens of a free state ought to [1297b] consist of those only who bear arms: with respect to their census it is not easy to determine exactly what it ought to be, but the rule that should direct upon this subject should be to make it as extensive as possible, so that those who are enrolled in it make up a greater part of the people than those who are not; for those who are poor, although they partake not of the offices of the state, are willing to live quiet, provided that no one disturbs them in their property: but this is not an easy matter; for it may not always happen, that those who are at the head of public affairs are of a humane behaviour.
In some governments the power is vested not only in those who bear arms, but also in those who have borne them.
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
It occurred to him that he had not been dubbed a knight, and that according to the law of chivalry he neither could nor ought to bear arms against any knight; and that even if he had been, still he ought, as a novice knight, to wear white armour, without a device upon the shield until by his prowess he had earned one.
The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men.
They were one of the few families then resident in the colonies who thought it a degradation to its members to descend to the pursuits of commerce; and who never emerged from the privacy of domestic life unless to preside in the councils of the colony or to bear arms in her defense.
One Nazarene warrior might indeed bear arms in my behalf, even Wilfred, son of Cedric, whom the Gentiles call Ivanhoe.
Old men who could no longer bear arms took similar stations, and harangued the warriors as they passed, exhorting them to valorous deeds.
All Martian men are warriors, save those physically unable to bear arms. The tradesman and his clerk clank with their martial trappings as they pursue their vocations.
"Today, I'm proud to announce another historic step to protect your Second Amendment rights," the president told those gathered to discuss the future of the right to keep and bear arms.
I imagine him being shot by the enemy in Samar after the Balangiga massacre, because he looks like someone who could bear arms.
After obtaining my concealed carry permit I realized there was nowhere to go in my city of Mequon (Wis.) to practice and stay proficient, so I decided to build our area's first indoor boutique shooting range--which is female- and family-friendly Bear Arms is the fusion of beauty and bullets under one roof.
As a Quaker from Davyhulme, then a village outside Manchester, he refused to bear arms and kill his fellow man.