The right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) or right to bear arms is the concept that people have a personal right to weapons for individual use, or a collective right to bear arms in a militia, or both.
The people's right to have their own arms for their defense is described in the philosophical and political writings of Aristotle, Cicero, John Locke, Machiavelli and Jefferson. Though possessing arms appears to be distinct from "bearing" them, the possession of arms is recognized as necessary for and a logical precursor to the bearing of arms.
Don Kates, a civil liberties lawyer, cites historic English usage describing the "right to keep and bear their private arms." The phrase in the Pennsylvania ratifying convention states:
"The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and their own state, or the United States, or the purpose of killing game; and no law shall be passed for disarming the people or any of them, unless for crimes committed..."
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News Daytona woman, 64, holds suspect in yard at gunpoint
- A 22-year-old car theft suspect tried to elude police Tuesday morning, but was stopped in his tracks when he was confronted by a gun-toting 64-year-old woman.
News Not guilty plea for alleged White House shooter Ortega-Hernandez
Alleged White House shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to assassinate the president and 16 related crimes.
News New York Moves to Deploy Body Scanners on Street in Search for Guns
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS in New York his department is looking to deploy Terahertz Imaging Detection scanners on the street in the war on illegal guns.
News MILLER: Emily gets her gun, Part 2 (Washington Times Senior Editor goes through process)
Over the past couple months, Ive been trying to get a legal gun in the District. I always knew this would be a challenge, but I had no idea how time-consuming it would be to complete all 17 steps the city requires. Im not even halfway done.
News New gun scanner that scans you as you walk down street
The NYPD is stepping up their war against illegal guns, with a new tool that could detect weapons on someone as they walk down the street. But is it violating your right to privacy?
News States still gun for unsuspecting firearm owners
The closing days of 2011 brought a rash of collisions between otherwise upstanding citizens and New Yorks infamous gun laws.
News U.S. judge backs ATF multiple rifle sales reporting
A U.S. judge in a victory for the Obama administration, upheld new federal rules requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, despite a challenge by the gun industry. The administration
News Another ATF weapons operation comes under scrutiny
Members of Congress want to see whether White Gun, like Fast and Furious, lost track of firearms that ended up with Mexican criminals.
News Student disciplined after reporting knife at school
A family is baffled that their teenager was disciplined after he reported to his teacher that he accidentally brought a small pocket knife to school. "I hate that Jack felt like he did was he was supposed to do, and for him these are dire consequence
News Rolling Back Civilian Disarmament Laws in America
Firearms freedom is on the march across America. In recent years, there have been many legislative successes for American gun owners, and I'm pleased to report that some of the best have been in the American Redoubt states.
News Sarah Got Her Gun
18-year old Sarah McKinley fortunately doesn't pay attention to the pseudo-feminists at NOW. The recently-widowed mother killed an armed intruder in her home with a 12-gauge shotgunprimarily to protect her baby.
News Oklahoma Mother, 18, Kills Intruder Breaking Into Her Home While on Phone With 911
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911 operator told young mother she could not shoot until man entered her home.
News Record Gun Sales in 2011
We now live in a country where the government can use Predator drones to track us without warrants, indefinitely detain us without trial, and assassinate us without charges. They do this in the name of security, yet somehow it just doesnt make me fe
News Free Americans Buy 10,800,000 Guns in 2011
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Law abiding Americans now easily qualify as the most heavily armed population in the world...
News Gun makers baffled by ATF criteria
Models OKd on case-by-case basis
News Marine faces 15 years behind bars for unknowingly violating gun law
The Daily Caller
Ryan Jerome was enjoying his first trip to New York City on business when the former Marine Corps gunner walked up to a security officer at the Empire State Building and asked where he should check his gun.
That was when Jeromes nightmare began.
News Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas
Americans bought record numbers of guns last month amid an apparent surge in popularity for weapons as Christmas presents.
News Armed 11-Year Old Girl Defends Home from 3 Armed Burglars
So let me get this straight, people who want to ban guns "to keep us safer" would actually have preferred that 11-year-old Alyssa Gutierrez didn't have a gun on the night her house was attacked by three armed burglars when she was home alone?
News Michelle Obamas warning to gun owners
When Americans flock to the polls in 13 months, we will not simply decide which direction our country should take over the next four years. Rather, we will decide whether or not our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms will survive ove
News Tennessee tourist arrested for bringing pistol into 9/11 Memorial
A tourist from Tennessee waltzed into one of the most secure sites in the city and politely asked a cop if she could check her weapon. Instead, she was dragged out in cuffs.
News Arizona legislators renew push for guns on campus
Pro-gun politicians are preparing another attempt to pass legislation that would allow students and professors to carry guns onto the campuses of Arizona's public universities and community colleges.
Lawmakers who this year were rebuffed by Gov. J
News NYT Scare Story About Carry Permit Holders Shows They Are Remarkably Law-Abiding
A front-page story in today's New York Times tries to stir up alarm about liberalized carry permit laws, which let people carry concealed handguns if they meet a short list of objective criteria. To illustrate the hazards of that policy, the Times ci
News Kroger employee shoots, kills would-be robber on city's northwest side (VIDEO)
Indianapolis, Ind. - According to Metro police, an employee at a northwest side Kroger grocery store shot a would-be robber in the face, Monday evening. The man died a few hours later.
News The Only Gun Control That Can Save Liberty!
For many years, the state has been attempting to disarm the citizenry. While not understood by the mainstream, the success of these efforts has far exceeded the imagination of most.
News Gun for sale on GunBroker.Com - M134 MINIGUN (chaingun)
Most of these parts are brand new... The delinker was professionally rebuilt, the motor is used as the GCU (hard to find) all other parts as you can see are new.... add a rear support, and pins and you are about in business. The housing, Safing and T
News I Told You So by L. Neil Smith
The Libertarian Enterprise
What seems like many years ago, I wrote an essaythe earliest reference I can find to it now is in an article published in 2000 by former The Libertarian Enterprise editor John Taylor, but I'm sure it's olderwhich, with a nod to one of my favorite s
Headlines: I Told You So by L. Neil Smith -- Gun for sale on GunBroker.Com - M134 MINIGUN (chaingun) -- The Only Gun Control That Can Save Liberty! -- Kroger employee shoots, kills would-be robber on city's northwest side (VIDEO) -- NYT Scare Story About Carry Permit Holders Shows They Are Remarkably Law-Abiding -- Arizona legislators renew push for guns on campus -- Tennessee tourist arrested for bringing pistol into 9/11 Memorial
-- Michelle Obamas warning to gun owners -- Armed 11-Year Old Girl Defends Home from 3 Armed Burglars
-- Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas -- Marine faces 15 years behind bars for unknowingly violating gun law -- Gun makers baffled by ATF criteria -- Free Americans Buy 10,800,000 Guns in 2011 -- Record Gun Sales in 2011 -- Oklahoma Mother, 18, Kills Intruder Breaking Into Her Home While on Phone With 911 -- Sarah Got Her Gun -- Rolling Back Civilian Disarmament Laws in America -- Student disciplined after reporting knife at school -- Another ATF weapons operation comes under scrutiny -- U.S. judge backs ATF multiple rifle sales reporting -- States still gun for unsuspecting firearm owners -- Does Newt still support gun control? -- New gun scanner that scans you as you walk down street -- NYPD, Feds Testing Gun-Scanning Technology, But Civil Liberties Groups Up In Arms -- MILLER: Emily gets her gun, Part 2 (Washington Times Senior Editor goes through process) -- New York Moves to Deploy Body Scanners on Street in Search for Guns -- Pistol-Packing By the Millions -- Not guilty plea for alleged White House shooter Ortega-Hernandez -- Daytona woman, 64, holds suspect in yard at gunpoint -- Gun Owner ID Cards Soar In Chicago --