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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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''They concluded that the quickest way to end this conflict is for the LTTE to lay down arms, surrender and let the political process proceed as there was no military solution.''
Indeed, the pro-government media outlets had been suggesting that the PKK would lay down arms before the Dolmabahce meeting and they ran headlines saying that the PKK was bidding farewell to arms after the meeting.
" Maoist leader Kishenji does not want the Centre to insist on the ' lay down arms first' policy before talks.
Islamabad: Taliban in Swat valley in northwest Pakistan were asked yesterday to lay down arms after President Asif Ali Zardari signed a law to set up a justice system for the region based on Sharia.
The rebels are meant to lay down arms under the Wednesday's peace plan, brokered by the West.
Field sources reported earlier today that the army has given a last ultimatum to the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta to lay down arms and surrender to the government forces.
He called on the armed movements to lay down arms, join the peace process and allow the vaccination teams to carry out their work.
ANKARA (CyHAN)- HDP deputy Syrry SE-reyya Eunder, speaking during a press conference at Parliament, said the AK Party government has deliberately stalled the settlement process, which is aimed at resolving Turkey's decades-old Kurdish issue, because prospects emerged for the resolution of the process, as Abdullah Eucalan, the imprisoned leader of the PKK, was about to call for the PKK to lay down arms.
In a message addressed on the occasion of Easter, Cardinal al-Rahi urged those who "go on with destroying citizens, institutions, killing of innocents and displacing people in Syria to lay down arms and money they are supplied with by external sides who seek Syria's destruction." He reiterated his call for those to "courageously sit at the dialogue table to solve the crisis." H.
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.