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Old January 22, 2013, 06:24 PM   #1
horatioo
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question about "arms" in 2nd amendment

What does "arms" mean?

I read a lot of places where it means portable weapons that an average military guy might carry around. This definition seems to include fully automatic weapons.

I read somewhere else that most of the cannons in use during the time the constitution was written were owned by civilians and the 2nd amendment included weapons like that as arms.

I thought most of the battle ships of the time were commercial ships retrofitted to be battle ships and I included them in an argument I was making one time.

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