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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Right to Bear Arms

Cem Tecimer

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 April 2021

Subject(s):
Bill of rights — Collective rights — Individual rights — Limitations on rights — Fundamental rights — Cultural rights

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 All nations, to varying degrees, monopolize the use of violence. Constitutions, as embodiments of national power, play an inevitable role in debates over the use of weaponry by members of their populace. To that end, most, if not all, constitutions regulate the formation, maintenance, and use of military power. Further, constitutions regulate the use of force by individuals, that is, ordinary and non-military members of the citizenry, and relatedly, if and when private individuals can possess weaponry. An overwhelming majority of national constitutions worldwide...
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