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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.

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However, the most important thing is for the [rebels] to lay down arms and of course [for the group] to be dissolved," he said.
The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces has been sending text messages calling on the militants in the eastern part of Aleppo city to lay down arms and seek a settlement of their legal status, and urging citizens to join national reconciliations and expel foreign militants from their localities.
The group which carried banners saying "enough already" in both Turkish and Kurdish gathered to say that the main condition of achieving a peaceful environment is to lay down arms and mark the values of brotherhood and solidarity.
I am too realistic to hope the Naxalites will lay down arms as they believe in armed liberation struggles.
The chief of Tehreek Nifaz Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM), Maulana Sufi Mohammad, asked the Swat Taliban, who are led by his son-in-law Maulana Fazlullah, to lay down arms.
On February 4, the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces called on gunmen in the northern countryside of Homs to lay down arms to have their legal status settled and to be part of the national reconciliation.
What set the Dolmabahce Declaration apart was its call for the PKK to lay down arms.
The meeting decided to provide Rs10,000 per month to the militants hiding in mountainous region who would lay down arms and give them in custody of security personnel.
Talking to media on Saturday, the minister said that the ANP would lay down arms if other political parties in the city did so.
The Centre wants no negotiations with the Naxalites till they lay down arms," a top home ministry official said.
Heller had also called on the LTTE, an acronym for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, to ''immediately lay down arms and renounce terror tactics,'' the mission said.