"[The state] cannot disarm any class of persons or deprive them of the right guaranteed under section 13, article 2 of the Constitution, to bear arms in defense of home, person, and property. The guaranty thus extended is meaningless if any person is denied the right to possess arms for such protection...."
People v. Nakamura, 99 Colo. 262, 264, 62 P.2d 246, 247 (1936) rehearing denied.
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 -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
I'm not familiar with Colorado's Constitution (there seems to be a legal argument going on where constitutional writ should be) but on its face - very accurate.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Would like to see the explanation written into the Constitution itself.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer, that might be ok but, it would lose its natural law / common law status, would not allow for individual circumstances or intent and would have to be somewhere in size to fill warehouses. It would also be a non-constitution devolving into a mess somewhat like we have with creative misinterpretations through legislature and demented stari decisis. An attached intent might be good. It would have to be more exhaustive than the Federalist, anti-Federalist and other papers and explanations written before and after the US Constitution. The second, ninth and tenth Amendments are absolutely clear enough and an attempt to do the very thing you are suggesting. It will never work in a dishonest society.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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