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From the various State Constitutions

Alabama -  1819

Sec. 26   That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

Alaska - 1959

Section 1.19 - RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.

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. The individual right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the State or a political subdivision of the State.

Arizona - 1912

26. Bearing arms

Section 26. 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.

Arkansas - 1836

Sec. 5. The citizens of this state shall have the right to keep and bear arms for their common defense.

California - 1850

    Silent

Colorado - 1876

Section 13. Right to bear arms. 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.

Connecticut - 1788

SEC. 15. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

Delaware - 1787

20. Right to keep and bear arms.

Section 20. 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.

Florida - 1845

SECTION 8.  Right to bear arms.--

(a)  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.

Georgia - 1788

Paragraph VIII. Arms, right to keep and bear.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.

Hawaii - 1959

Sec. 15.  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.

Idaho - 1890

SECTION 11.  RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. 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 the passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of any 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.

Illinois - 1818

Section 22. RIGHT TO ARMS

Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Indiana - 1816

Section 32. Bearing arms

Section 32. The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.

Iowa - 1846

    Silent

Kansas - 1861

SEC. 4. The people have a 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.

Kentucky - 1792

Sec. 1.   Rights of life, liberty, worship, pursuit of safety and happiness, free speech, acquiring and protecting property, peaceable assembly, redress of grievances, bearing arms. 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  of the State, subject to the power of the General Assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons.

Louisiana - 1812

Sec. 11.  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.

Maine - 1820

Section 16.  Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms, and this right shall never be questioned.

Maryland - 1788

Art. 28.  That a well regulated militia is the proper and natural defence of a free Government.

Massachusetts - 1788

Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to 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 an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

Michigan - 1837

6. Bearing of arms.

Sec. 6. Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.

Minnesota - 1858

     Silent

Mississippi - 1817

Sec. 12.  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.

Missouri - 1821

Right to keep and bear arms--exception.

Section 23. 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.

Montana - 1889

Section 12. Right to bear arms.  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.

Nebraska - 1867

Article I, 1:  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.

Nevada - 1864

  Sec. 11.  Right to keep and bear arms; civil power supreme.

  1.  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.
  2.  The military shall be subordinate to the civil power; No standing army shall be maintained by this State in time of peace, and in time of War, no appropriation for a standing army shall be for a longer time than two years.

New Hampshire - 1788

[Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.]. All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
December l, l982

New Jersey - 1787

     Silent

New Mexico - 1912

Sec. 6. [Right to bear arms.]

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. (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2, 1986).

New York - 1788

The Constitution is Silent, however, Section 4 of the New York Civil Rights
Law provides:

A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed.

North Carolina - 1789

Sec. 30. Militia and the right to bear arms. 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 practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.

North Dakota - 1889

Article I, 1:  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.

Ohio - 1803

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.

Oklahoma - 1907

Section II-26: Bearing arms - Carrying weapons.

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.

Oregon - 1859

Section 27. Right to bear arms; military subordinate to civil power. The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence (sic) of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power[.]
 

Pennsylvania - 1787

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

Rhode Island - 1790

Section 22. Right to bear arms. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

South Carolina - 1788

SECTION 20. Right to keep and bear arms; armies; military power subordinate to civil authority; how soldiers quartered.

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 consentof 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.

South Dakota - 1889

24. Right to bear arms.

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.

Tennessee - 1796

Sec. 26.  That the citizens of this State have a right to keep and  to bear arms for the common defense; but the legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.

Texas - 1845

Section 23 - RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the 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.

Utah - 1896

Sec. 6. [Right to bear arms.]

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 other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.
January 1, 1985

Vermont - 1791

ARTICLE 16th. [RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS; STANDING ARMIES; MILITARY POWER SUBORDINATE TO CIVIL]

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 and governed by the civil power.

Virginia - 1788

Sec. 13.  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.

Washington - 1889

Sec. 24.  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.

West Virginia - 1863

Article 3, Section 22:  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.

Wisconsin - 1848

Art. 1, 25:  The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation, or any other lawful purpose.

Wyoming - 1890

97-1-024. Right to bear arms. The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied.


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