"What then, is he protected in the right to keep and thus use? Not every thing that may be useful for offense or defense, but what may properly be included or understood under the title of “arms,” taken in connection with the fact that the citizen is to keep them, as a citizen. Such, then as are found to make up the usual arms of the citizen of the country, and the use of which will properly train and render him efficient in defense of his own liberties, as well as of the State. Under this head, with a knowledge of the habits of our people, and of the arms in the use of which a soldier should be trained, we hold that the rifle, of all descriptions, the shot gun, the musket and repeater, are such arms, and that, under the Constitution, the right to keep such arms cannot be infringed or forbidden by the legislature."
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Fife v. State, 31 Ark. 455, 460 (1876).
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Lets see...UN small arms treaty, magazine bans, registration, illegal government sponsored gun smuggling, banning of foreign made semi-auto shotguns and rifles, prohibitive licensing fees...what part of "Shall Not Be Infringed" don't these commies in the White House get?
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    J, they "get it" but after all, they are commies.
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    A lawful explanation of part of the individual sovereign's inalienable right
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    I know Jim I know...its just sad.
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    "Defense of the state". What scares me is guys like Mike who seek the destruction of the state.
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