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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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(258) But, evidence from the time of the founding suggests that some, in fact, used the phrase "bears arms" in the context of hunting.
He pointed out that verbal pressure, scalding statements and instigating declarations against Syria didn't affect the Syrian interior due to the solidarity between Syria's people, army and leadership, concluding that anyone who bears arms against the state is considered an outlaw and must be subjected to law, and that the opposition must never bear arms against the state no matter what.