The Statute of Northampton (1328) and Prohibitions on the Carrying of Arms
16 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2015 Last revised: 12 May 2021
Date Written: September 19, 2015
The Statute of Northampton (1328) has been claimed as an ancient prohibition on civilians carrying deadly weapons in public. Analysis of its history, contemporary statutes, and subsequent interpretation reveals that the official translation was in error, and the Statute prohibited only the public wearing of armor, and even though only if likely to provoke fear.
Keywords: constitutional history, firearms
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