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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Cramer, Clayton E., The Statute of Northampton (1328) and Prohibitions on the Carrying of Arms (September 19, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2662910 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2662910

Clayton E. Cramer (Contact Author)

College of Western Idaho ( email )

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

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