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Right to Bear Arms


  1. To support or sustain; to hold up.
  2. To support and remove or carry; to convey.
  3. To possess and use, as power; to exercise.
  4. To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.
  5. To render or give; to bring forward.
  1. Instruments or weapons of offense or defense.
  2. The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science.
  3. Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.

Constitutional Quotes

  •  Amendment II - 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.


  •  He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  •  He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

2004 Republican Platform Quotes

  •  Strengthening Our Communities
    •  Protecting Our Rights, Fighting Criminals, and Supporting Victims
      •  Republicans and President Bush strongly support an individual right to own guns, which is explicitly protected by the Constitution's Second Amendment. Our Party honors the great American tradition of hunting and we applaud efforts by the Bush Administration to make more public lands available to hunters, to increase access to hunting clinics and safety programs for children and adults, and to improve opportunities for hunting for Americans with disabilities.
      •  We believe the Second Amendment and all of the rights guaranteed by it should enable law-abiding citizens throughout the country to own firearms in their homes for self-defense. To protect the rights and safety of law-abiding citizens, the Congress passed and President Bush signed the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, which allows active and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed guns in public while off-duty. We support efforts by the Administration and Congress to enhance the instant background check system for gun purchases and to ensure that records of lawful transactions are destroyed in a timely manner. We applaud Congressional Republicans for seeking to stop frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers, which is a transparent attempt to deprive citizens of their Second Amendment rights. We oppose federal licensing of law- abiding gun owners and national gun registration as a violation of the Second Amendment and an invasion of privacy of honest citizens.

Republican Right to Bear Arms Values

  •  Firearm Ownership for self-defense is a Basic Human Right
  •  Hunting is an American Tradition
  •  Federal Licensing of Law- Abiding Gun Owners and National Gun Registration is a Violation of the Constitution
  •  Firearm Manufacturers Should be Protected from Frivolous lawsuits
  •  Concealed Handguns Should be Allowed for Vetted and Trained Citizens
  •   Self-defense of Family and Property with a Firearm is Not a Crime

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