What does your state Constitution say?

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    New Hampshire's Constitution has the following gun or weapon relatable articles in its Bill of Rights, basically unchanged since 1784-

    Article 2. Natural Rights. All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights - among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness.

    Article 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.

    Article 13. Conscientious Objectors Not Compelled to Bear Arms. - No person, who is conscientiously scrupulous about the lawfulness of bearing arms, shall be compelled thereto.

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    The Constitution of the great state of New Mexico provides:

    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.

    Don't worry - we have CCW. Just because the N.M. Const. doesn't specifically permit the carrying of concealed weapons, it doesn't mean that it forbids it. See State ex rel. N.M. Voices for Children, Inc. v. Denko, 2004-NMSC-011, 135 N.M. 439, 90 P.3d 458.

    This is a neat thread. People should think about their individual state constitutions more than they do - while the federal constitution provides a floor below which no state can drop its citizens' rights, state constitutions can (and often do) provide additional rights for citizens of those states.

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    Constitution Of Michigan

    Right to bear arms. 1835

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

    They left it out of the 1850 revision but thought it important enough to put it back in the current version

    Right to bear arms. 1908

    Sec. 5. Every person has a right to bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.
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    +1 for Texas.

    Nothing like having the word "Shall" in there.
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    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.
    As taken out of the Constitution.

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    SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. 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.

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    Missouri Constitution

    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.

    Source: Const. of 1875, Art. II, 17.
    (2004) Section does not prohibit the General Assembly from enacting statutes allowing or disallowing the carrying of concealed weapons; the Concealed-Carry Act is therefore constitutional. Brooks v. State, 128 S.W.3d 844 (Mo.banc).
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    5. Right to bear arms.

    The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms, for their common defense.
    Plain and simple.

    Its important to note that when most of the states' Constitutions were written back in the mid to late 1800's the carrying of concealed weapons was considered to be a less than honorable proposition.

    The wearing of arms for defense was considered proper and not in question until citys became population centers and more and more laws were added. Those citys that enacted gun control laws specifically forbid the carry of concealed weapons and because the general thought was that the decent man wouldnt be so sneaky to tote a "belly gun" or a "hideout" as they were known, the laws dealing with the carrying of concelaed weapons were passed with little fanfare.

    Or so I was told by my grandfather, that openly carried a .44 Colt up until the late 30's down and around the Texarkana area. The history I've read up on seems to support that. In reading of the others states Constitutions as presented here, that would also seem to be the case.
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    11. Right to Keep and Bear Arms

    Section 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.

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    CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO


    ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS


    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.
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    South Dakota.....

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

    Article VI, Section 24 of the South Dakota Constitution
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    State of Rhode Island...

    ...and Providence Plantations.

    To the best of my recollection:

    Article I, Section 22 - The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    This from a may-issue state. How sad.

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