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Does the right to bear arms include swords?

Asked by mowens (8403points) November 4th, 2009

My roommate and I were talking about taking up boxing, or bushido. I said boxing, he said bushido. He said we would get swords with bushido… I said “Yeah, but how often do you carry a sword?” To which Joe said, “Good point, we should change that.”

Then I brought up the second amendment. Thoughts?

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Samurai's avatar

Words mean things. Sometimes, definitions change. Arms at the time when the constitution was written implied those arms which one personally carried (e.g., musket, pistol, swords, dagger). Ordnance included cannon and mortar. The inherent right to bear arms and the preservation of the common law right to self defense did not include the right to bear ordnance. I don’t know anything about the laws of today. Its illegal to the constitution to collect federal tax, but they do that anyways.

sevenfourteen's avatar

Swords came up in a similar type of conversation between me and a friend. We were simply talking about how you would react to someone carrying a sword (run away or stare in awe being the overal decision)

But you know I never thought of the constitutional side of it though.. It is a weapon of self defense I suppose, and it might give someone else a fair chance in a fight (seeing as how you cannot hide a sword on your persons very easily). I think it’s essentially a really big knife, so if you feel better with it then so be it (you’d look pretty cool too)

buckyboy28's avatar

I don’t think bears can hold swords. Their paws are WAY too big!

cookieman's avatar

@buckyboy28: I always thought we should have the right to arm bears.

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laureth's avatar

Do you plan to use your sword as part of a well-regulated militia?

sevenfourteen's avatar

@Samurai only your last link worked :( and I was hoping to see an army of penguins

poisonedantidote's avatar

why not just carry round an actual bears arm, sounds like a joke. but i bet if you hit someone with a severed bear arm it would do some damage.

Samurai's avatar

All the image links I put up there didn’t work at all, that’s annoying.


That’s the penguin one, the one I replaced the penguin one with redirected to the wrong link. somethings wrong with Fluther, or how I coded it. Thanks for removing it

Dog's avatar

[Mod Says:] Above removal was at the request of user.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

People can legally own swords in the US.

mowens's avatar

But, can I carry it down the street?

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@mowens Live steel? No. Nor can you carry a loaded firearm in public without a permit in most cases.

Samurai's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic Can you get a sword permit?

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@Samurai Where I live you can buy a sword without a permit.

Samurai's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic Ah, I see. I heard your actually allowed to walk around with a sword in public as long as its not concealed and by your side. There are some place prohibitions (e.g., public buildings, schools, etc.). That’s in CA anyways, I know in Japan you aren’t.

mattbrowne's avatar

Does the right to bear arms include tactical nuclear warheads?

LKidKyle1985's avatar

Since the purpose of the 2nd amendment was to maintain a well regulated militia. I don’t think a militia would be well regulated with swords so I don’t think it counts unless you are highlander. Take boxing your room mate is a nerd.

Zaku's avatar

It’s not generally illegal to carry swords in public, except in areas with rules against them.
The police might ask you what you are up to, but if you can give a safe-and-sane-seeming answer, you should be ok.

Er, especially sheathed swords. Drawing a sword or menacing someone with one, can get you shot by the police. In fact, some (not sure how many) police procedures call on them to shoot anyone brandishing a sword within a certain distance from the officer, which is often actually pretty far (like 20 feet).

talljasperman's avatar

That’s not a knife… (pulls out bowie knife) now that’s a knife.

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