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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
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The same spirit of legislation prevailed with respect to their bearing arms and their gymnastic exercises; for the poor are excused if they have no arms, but the rich are fined; the same method takes place if they do not attend their gymnastic exercises, there is no penalty on one, but there is on the other: the consequence of which is, that the fear of this penalty induces the rich to keep the one and attend the other, while the poor do neither.
"Sir," said the lieutenant, "my serjeant informed me that you are desirous of enlisting in the company I have at present under my command; if so, sir, we shall very gladly receive a gentleman who promises to do much honour to the company by bearing arms in it."
The old man summoned all who were capable of bearing arms to his side, and demanded, in very unequivocal terms, though in a voice that was suitably lowered, in order to escape the ears of their dangerous neighbours, whether they were disposed to make battle for their liberty, or whether they should try the milder expedient of conciliation.
In short, the family of the squatter, or at least such among them as were capable of bearing arms, appeared in view, on the broad prairie, evidently bent on revenging their wrongs.
During this time the empire made its last conscription, and every man in France capable of bearing arms rushed to obey the summons of the emperor.
There are thirty-one civilians killed, a hundred and two have been admitted into hospitals, and, curiously enough, only one person bearing arms has suffered.
We were interrupted at this juncture by the approach of one of the warriors, bearing arms, accouterments and ornaments, and in a flash one of her questions was answered and a puzzle cleared up for me.
I want all persons killed who are capable of bearing arms in actual hostilities against the United States.'
Circuit Court of Appeals recently held D.C.'s "good" or "proper" requirement was effectively a ban on bearing arms by people entitled to Second Amendment protection and declared the law unconstitutional.
"But to be in conflict with the constitution, it is not essential that the act should contain a prohibition against bearing arms in every possible form; it is the right to bear arms in defense of the citizens and the state, that is secured by the constitution, and whatever restrains the full and complete exercise of that right, though not an entire destruction of it, is forbidden by the explicit language of the constitution." Kentucky Supreme Court, 1822, concerning the Kentucky Constitution's right to keep and bear arms.
Or, should Alabama follow the Assize of Arms and Statute of Winchester, which required the bearing arms? While Alabama judges must follow the English common law as the rule of decisions, [section] 1-3-1 of the Code of Alabama requires the common law to be rejected where it is inconsistent with Alabama's Constitution.
THE TEXT DOES NOT FORECLOSE KEEPING AND BEARING ARMS FOR HUNTING
One of the most frustrating aspects to the legal wrangling over bearing arms, aside from the obvious meaning of the Second Amendment, is the fact that there is clear evidence readily available which proves that restrictions on citizens bearing arms for self-defense do not enhance public safety.
And I do believe their fellow citizens, by the specific language of the Second Amendment, have an equal right to enact regulatory laws requiring them to undergo adequate training and preparation for the responsibility of bearing arms.
So there is not only a right to bear arms but a duty to make sure you have the means at hand to defend yourself, your family and the stranger in the street, whether by bearing arms, learning self-defense or chanting Kabbalistic incantations.