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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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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.
He also argued that if a monitoring committee was established to observe the settlement process and to visit Eucalan, the imprisoned leader would ask the PKK to lay down arms.
lay down arms for good, his spokesman Martin Nesirky told the daily press
Banerjee on Saturday gave a seven days" ultimatum for Maoists to lay down arms for a peaceful round of talks.
IF ELECTION THRESHOLD IS LOWERED, THEN PKK WILL LAY DOWN ARMS
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.
The peace process -- initiated to end an almost three-decade-old terrorism problem mainly in the Kurdish-dominated eastern and southeastern parts of Turkey -- formally started when the PKK halted its armed campaign in March 2013 upon Eucalan's call to lay down arms and leave Turkish soil for Northern Iraq, where the PKK has bases, including its main base in the Kandil mountains.
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.
During a trip to Switzerland Friday, the Globe and Mail quoted Harper, as saying that the conditions include not only that the Taliban lay down arms but also a commitment to the Afghan constitution, "including its human-rights guarantees.