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EVEN THE NEW ENGLAND COLONIES HAD ‘GUN LAWS’

Recently, Texas has been at the forefront of relaxing restrictions on guns. It’s joining the ranks of “open-carry” states and more controversially, will soon (in August) be one of only eight states that allow concealed carry weapons on public college campuses. However, seven states have written into their laws exceptions limiting certain areas on campus from their carry laws. Only Utah has a statute specifically naming public colleges and universities as public entities that do not have the authority to ban concealed carry, and thus, all 10 public institutions in Utah allow concealed weapons on their property.

Of course, that’s down south and out west where gun-totin’ is much more common.

Up here in the Northeast where I reside, plenty of New Englanders believe no one should own a gun.

Thankfully, my state of New Hampshire isn’t completely gone and hasn’t begun adopting restrictive gun laws like its neighbors, particularly Massachusetts and Connecticut. There are still many in this state who appreciate the right to “keep and bear Arms.”

Speaking of which, if you would like to learn the originalist views of the right to “keep and bear Arms,” you may read about it here.

Many conservatives believe that states never had gun laws until the progressives took over. But New England states have always had laws concerning guns, going all the way back to the colonial era, even back to the 1600s.

Today, the mention of the words “gun law” is synonymous with gun restriction. After all, no state would ever pass a law encouraging the “keeping” and “bearing” of Arms, would they?

Well, maybe a state wouldn’t, but things were a lot different back then. Those who lived in the original New England colonies thought differently about guns and the responsibility of their citizens. Liberal Massachusetts is a perfect example of the pendulum wildly swinging from one extreme to the other.

The Massachusetts Bay colony “required” that every able-bodied man (adult male) own a weapon. In 1632 a Plymouth colony statute ordered that “every free man or other inhabitant of this colony provide for himself … a sufficient musket … 2 pounds of powder and 10 pounds of bullets with a fine of 10 shillings per person who was not armed.”

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