Note: These pdf files are quite large. You will likely have great difficulty viewing them from a mobile device, if at all. I suggest that you download the pdfs to your desktop computer and view them locally if you are unable to view them online.
This page contains links to pdf files of legal books from the past. There are many people out there who claim that there is a right to carry weapons concealed in public beyond that of a traveler while actually on a journey. Bear in mind (pun intended) that these same people cannot point to a single legal precedent or historical authority which has ever held that there is a right to carry weapons concealed under the Second Amendment.
One would think that if these precedents or historical authorities existed then one of the many lawyers who have brought these failed concealed carry lawsuits across the country would have mentioned at least one of them in their equally numerous legal briefs filed in their failed concealed carry lawsuits.
They didn’t because they do not exist.
There is, however, at least 300 years of legal decisions and historical authorities which prove that there is generally no right to carry a weapon concealed in public. Under English common law, which the United States operated under since the first colony was formed to the establishment of the United States and the enactment of the Second Amendment, the use of a concealed weapon to kill one’s opponent was murder whereas the use of an openly carried weapon, under the identical circumstances, was eventually manslaughter and, unlike a murder conviction, pardonable.
Unless one understands the evolution of English common law regarding armed self-defense leading up to the enactment of the Second Amendment as well as understanding American common law leading up to the enactment of the Fourteenth Amendment which qualifies the Second Amendment right as applied to the states, then you have an uninformed opinion.
One common knee jerk response is that the Second Amendment does not say there is no right to carry arms concealed. Well, the First Amendment does not say that there is no right to make death threats, commit fraud, or sacrifice a human being. The people who voted for the First Amendment knew that these acts fell outside the scope of the First Amendment as assuredly as concealed carry fell outside the scope of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
This link will take you to one hundred years of American state court legal decisions from 1822 to 1923. If you don’t read the debate which went on within the American States regarding the Second Amendment right then where does your knowledge of what the Second Amendment means as defined by the courts come from? I can tell you right now the claimed Second Amendment right made by the lawyers from the so called gun-rights groups has never existed.
The Parliament Rolls for 1272–1503 were first published in the eighteenth century, as Rotuli Parliamentorum; ut et Petitiones, et Placita in Parliamento (London, 1767–77), under the general editorship of John Strachey.
The Statutes of the Realm is an authoritative collection of Acts of the Parliament of England from the earliest times to the Union of the Parliaments in 1707, and Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain passed up to the death of Queen Anne in 1714. It was published between 1810 and 1825 by the Record Commission as a series of 9 volumes, with volume IV split into two separately bound parts, together with volumes containing an Alphabetical Index and a Chronological Index.
Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has been cited in Second Amendment cases.