Any Questions?

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January 28, 2013 by Ish

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: “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.” U.S. Const. Am. 2

ALABAMA: “That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.” Ala. Const. art. I, S 26

ALASKA: “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.” Alaska Const. art. I, S 19

ARIZONA: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.” Ariz. Const. art. 2, S 26

ARKANSAS: “The citizens of this state shall have the right to keep and bear arms for their common defense.” Ark. Const. art. II, S 5

COLORADO: “The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.” Colo. Const. art. II, S 13

CONNECTICUT: “Every citizen has the right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.” Conn. Const. art. I, S 15

DELAWARE: “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use.” Del. Const. art. I, S 20

FLORIDA: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.” Fla. Const. art. I, S 8

GEORGIA: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have the power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.” Ga. Const. art. I, S I, para. VIII

HAWAII: “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.” Haw. Const. art I, S 15

IDAHO: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person, nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of legislation punishing the use of a firearm. No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.” Idaho Const. art. I, S 11

ILLINOIS: “Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Ill. Const. art. I, S 22

INDIANA: “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.” Ind. Const. art. I, S 32

KANSAS: “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.” Kansas Bill Of Rights, S 4

KENTUCKY: “All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned: …. Seventh: The right to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state, subject to the power of the general assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons.” Ky. Bill Of Rights, S 1, para. 7

LOUISIANA: “The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.” La. Const. art. I, S 11

MAINE: “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.” Me. Const. art. I, S16

MASSACHUSETTS: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.” Mass. Decl. Of Rights, pt. I, art. XVII

MICHIGAN: “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.” Mich. Const. art. I, S 6

MISSISSIPPI: “The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.” Miss. Const. art. 3, S 12

MISSOURI: “That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.” Mo. Const. art. I, S 23

MONTANA: “The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.” Mont. Const. art. II, S 12

NEBRASKA: “All persons are by nature free and independent, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; among these are … the right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes, and such rights shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.” Neb. Const. art. I, S 1

NEVADA: “Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes.” Nev. Const. art. 1, S II, para. 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE: “All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property, and the state.” N. H. Const. part 1, art. 2-a.

NEW MEXICO: “No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.” N. M. Const. art. II, S 6

NORTH CAROLINA: “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; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the carrying of concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.” N. C. Const. art. I, S 30

NORTH DAKOTA: “All individuals are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inalienable rights, among which are … to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed.” N. D. Const. art. I, S 1

OHIO: “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.” Ohio Const. art. I, S 4

OKLAHOMA: “The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.” Okla. Const. art. 2, S 26

OREGON: “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.” Or. Const. art. I, S 27

PENNSYLVANIA: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defence of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” Pa. Const. art. I, S 21

RHODE ISLAND: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” R. I. Const. art. I, S 22

SOUTH CAROLINA: “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. As, in times of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained without the consent of the General Assembly. The military power of the State shall always be held in subordination to the civil authority and be governed by it. No soldier shall in time of peace be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner nor in time of war but in the manner prescribed by law.” S. C. Const. art. I, S 20

SOUTH DAKOTA: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.” S. D. Const. art. VI, S 24

TENNESSEE: “That the citizens of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.” Tenn. Const. art. I, S 26

TEXAS: “Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.” Tex. Const. art. I, S 23

UTAH: “The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the State, as well as for the other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.” Utah Const. art. I, S 6

VERMONT: “That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State – and as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under strict subordination to the civil power.” Vt. Const. Ch. I, art. 16

VIRGINIA: “That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.” Va. Const. art I, S 13

WASHINGTON: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.” Wash. Const. art. I, S 24

WEST VIRGINIA: “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use.” W. Va. Const. art. III, S 22

WYOMING: “The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied.” Wyo. Const. art. I, S 24

4 thoughts on “Any Questions?

  1. Woodman says:

    No New York?

    And it’s unfortunate that the second didn’t include this language “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied”.

    • Julia says:

      New York, along with five other states, does not have a provision for the right to bear arms in its Constitution. See http://www.saf.org/default.asp?p=rkba_protections#WithOut for more information.

    • Ish says:

      The state of New York, like most states, has had multiple constitutions over the years… Oddly enough, I don’t believe any of them have had a provision recognzing the right of the general populace to keep and bear arms. Most have language about the militia. Such as Art XI S I of the New York Constitution of 1846: “The militia of this state shall, at all times hereafter, be armed and disciplined and in readiness for service…”

      Now, by law, the militia of the state is ALL men of fighting age. But by practice, the statists have limited this only to the National Guard and maybe police. So, yeah… New York state is essentially devoid of constitutional “RKBA” exceot under the federal Bill of Rights.

      Still, the vast majority of states (and the Bill of Rights) are pretty damn clear: the people have the right to own and carry arms for their own defense.

  2. Stuart the Viking says:

    Woodman,

    I believe that at the time of the framing, “in defense of themselves” was so commonly accepted that it didn’t even occur to them. Much like warning people that “fire is hot” or “water is wet”. Who needs to be told such things? Unfortunately, they under-estimated how stupid people can get… or maybe fortunately, If they really knew, maybe they would have scrapped the whole thing as futile.

    s

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