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ARMS. Any thing that a man wears for his defence, or takes in his hands, or uses in his anger, to cast at, or strike at another. Co. Litt. 161 b, 162 a; Crompt. Just. P. 65; Cunn. Dict. h.t.
     2. The Constitution of the United States, Amendm. art. 2, declares, "that 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." In Kentucky, a statute "to prevent persons from wearing concealed arms," has been declared to be unconstitutional; 2 Litt. R. 90; while in Indiana a similar statute has been holden valid and constitutional. 3 Blackf. R. 229. Vide Story, Const. Sec. 1889, 1890 Amer. Citizen, 176; 1 Tuck. Black. App. 300 Rawle on Const. 125.

ARMS, heraldry. Signs of arms, or drawings painted on shields, banners, and the like. The arms of the United States are described in the Resolution of Congress, of June 20, 1782. Vide Seal of the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It reported that the army has started granting amnesty to the militants that have laid down arms and applied for government pardoning in al-Rastan, Talbiseh, al-Za'aferaniyeh, Ezzeddeen, Dara al-Kabireh and Taldou in Northern and Northwestern Homs.
This is the second militant group which has laid down arms in Baghlan province over the past month.
Government sources said that more than 3000 Taliban fighters have laid down arms and joined the government- backed peace process in the country over the past one year, a claim rebuffed by Taliban outfit as groundless.
Manhal Solouh, the chief commander of Liwa al-Tohid that is one of the most important FSA-affiliated terrorist groups in Northern Homs, laid down arms and applied for government amnesty along with tens of his fighters.
MEZAR-I E[currency]ERyF (CyHAN)- Fourteen members of the Taliban insurgent group laid down arms and surrendered in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan Province on Saturday, provincial police chief Aminullah Omarkhil said.
More than 3000 anti-government militants, according to officials, have laid down arms and resumed normal life over the past one year in Afghanistan.
SWAT, January 18, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Tuesday that he was ready to forgive blood of his lone son if Taliban militants laid down arms and give up militancy.
Local officials reported last month that sum of 350 militants that had laid down arms and accepted the terms of the government for amnesty were pardoned in Southwestern Damascus.
So far this year, according to officials, more than 4,000 Taliban militants have laid down arms and joined the government- backed peace process, a claim rebuffed by Taliban outfit as baseless.