Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights

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APPENDIX 1
State Constitutional Gun Rights Provisions
Forty-three states have constitutional provisions dealing with the right to keep and bear arms. The constitutions of seven states--California, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Wisconsin--contain no such provision. The following listing presents the relevant wording of state constitutions.
Alabama: That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state (art. I, para. 26).
Alaska: 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 (art. I, para. 19).
Arizona: 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 (art. II, para. 26).
Arkansas: The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms for their common defense (art. II, para. 5).
Colorado: The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons (art. II, para. 13).
Connecticut: Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state (art. I, para. 15).
Florida: The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law (art. I, para. 8).
Georgia: The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne (art. I, para. 1).
Hawaii: 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 (art. I, para. 15).
Idaho: 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 (art. I, para. II).

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