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    List of the 50 states RKBA
    Here is a list of all 50 states and the Right to Bear Arms as noted in their respective Bill of Rights in their Constitution. I figured this was a good place for this post. I looked these up back in August of '04 so some might have changed. If you see a mistake please email me and I will edit it in this post. I only looked in the Bill of Rights so if it wasn't there it doesn't show up below. Limited to how many characters per post so Im going to cut it into a couple parts.

    Alabama:
    That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

    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. The individual right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the State or a political subdivision of the State.

    Arizona:
    26. Bearing arms Section 26. 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.

    Arkansas:
    Sec. 5. Right to bear arms. The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms for their common defense.

    California:
    No Mention

    Colorado:
    Section 13. Right to bear arms. 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.

    Connecticut:
    SEC. 15. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

    Delaware:
    20. Right to keep and bear arms.
    Section 20. A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use.

    Florida:
    SECTION 8. Right to bear arms.--
    (a) 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.
    (b) There shall be a mandatory period of three days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the purchase and delivery at retail of any handgun. For the purposes of this section, "purchase" means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration to the retailer, and "handgun" means a firearm capable of being carried and used by one hand, such as a pistol or revolver. Holders of a concealed weapon permit as prescribed in Florida law shall not be subject to the provisions of this paragraph.
    (c) The legislature shall enact legislation implementing subsection (b) of this section, effective no later than December 31, 1991, which shall provide that anyone violating the provisions of subsection (b) shall be guilty of a felony.
    (d) This restriction shall not apply to a trade in of another handgun.

    Georgia:
    Paragraph VIII. Arms, right to keep and bear. 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.

    Hawaii:
    RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
    Section 17. 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.

    Idaho:
    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.

    Illinois:
    Sec. 22 RIGHT TO ARMS
    Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual
    citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

    Indiana:
    Section 32. The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.

    Iowa:
    Not Mentioned

    Kansas:
    4. Bear arms; armies. The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.

    Kentucky:
    Not Mentioned

    Louisiana:
    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.

    Maine:
    Section 16. To keep and bear arms. Every citizen has a right
    to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.

    Maryland:
    Not Mentioned

    Massachusetts:
    Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

    Michigan:
    Sec. 6.Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.

    Minnesota:
    Not Mentioned

    Mississippi:
    Sec. 12. The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.

    Missouri:
    Sec. 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.

    Montana:
    Section 12. Right to bear arms. The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.

    Nebraska:
    CI-1 Statement of rights.
    All persons are by nature free and independent,
    and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes, and such rights shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof. To
    secure these rights, and the protection of property, governments are instituted among people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

    Nevada:
    Sec. 11. Right to keep and bear arms; civil power supreme.
    1. Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes.
    2. The military shall be subordinate to the civil power; No standing army shall be maintained by this State in time of peace, and in time of War, no appropriation for a standing army shall be for a longer time than two years.

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    New Hampshire:
    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.

    New Jersey:
    Not Mentioned

    New Mexico:
    Sec. 6. 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.

    New York:
    No mention

    North Carolina:
    Sec. 30. Militia and the right to bear arms. 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; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.

    North Dakota:
    Section 1. All individuals are by nature equally free and independent and have certain
    inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring,
    possessing and protecting property and reputation; pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness;
    and to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for
    lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed.

    Ohio:
    The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.

    Oklahoma
    Section II-26: Bearing arms - Carrying weapons.
    The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his
    home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when
    thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but
    nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from
    regulating the carrying of weapons.

    Oregon:
    Section 27. Right to bear arms; military subordinate to civil power. The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense (sic) of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power

    Pennsylvania:
    Right to Bear Arms Section 21. The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.


    Rhode Island:
    Section 22. Right to bear arms. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    South Carolina:
    SECTION 20. Right to keep and bear arms; armies; military power subordinate to civil authority; how soldiers quartered.
    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. As, in times of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained without the consent of the General Assembly. The military power of the State shall always be held in subordination to the civil authority and be governed by it. No soldier shall in time of peace be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner nor in time of war but in the manner prescribed by law.

    South Dakota:
    24. Right to bear arms The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.

    Tennessee:
    Sec. 26. That the citizens of this State have a right to keep and to
    bear arms for the common defense; but the legislature shall
    have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a
    view to prevent crime.

    Texas
    Article I Section 23: Right To Keep And Bear Arms
    Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.

    Utah:
    Sec. 6. [Right to bear arms.] The people have the right to bear arms for their security and defense, but the Legislature may regulate the exercise of this right by law.

    Vermont:
    Art. 16th That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of
    themselves and the State - and as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power.

    Virginia:
    Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power.
    That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

    Washington:
    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.

    West Virginia:
    -22. Right to keep and bear arms. A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use.

    Wisconsin:
    Right to keep and bear arms. SECTION 25. The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.

    Wyoming:
    97 1 024. Right to bear arms.The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied.


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    Not surprised about New Jersey. I wish that they were more gun friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armabill
    Not surprised about New Jersey. I wish that they were more gun friendly.

    New Jersey is New Yorks bitch so what ever NY does NJ is sure to follow.

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    When political entities, such as New Jersey, state that since their state constitution does not mention any right to keep and bear arms, thus giving them free reign to declare such a privilege, they conveniently forget that their state signed on to the U.S. constitution, and the rights guaranteed by the U.S. constitution apply to them, too.
    Last edited by Statkowski; May 6th, 2007 at 08:55 AM. Reason: Spelling

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    I think PA has the best wording of all of them. Simple, to the point, and crystal clear.

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    I would have figured some of ya'll would have liked Kansas' RKBA amendment.
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    I'm pretty sure Kentucky has one, it would surprise me if they didn't.

    Edit: Kentucky: All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned: ...
    Seventh: The right to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the State, subject to the power of the General Assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons. 1 (enacted 1891).
    1792: "That the right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned." Art. XII, 23.
    1799: "That the rights of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned." Art. X, 23.
    1850: "That the rights of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned; but the General Assembly may pass laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed arms." Art. XIII, 25.

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    Pennsylvania RULES!
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    are the rifle transfer laws the same in new mexico as in penn.

    i am 17 but want to get an ak47 rifle before obama changes everything so i was going to get my brother to buy it from an ffl and then transfer it to me and i was wondering what kind of paperwork i would have to do

    i thank you in advance for any insight you can offer

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