3 min readJul 26, 2020

To keep is not the same as to own.

The verb to keep is found in important legal documents, in particular in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. The immediately relevant portion of the 2nd Amendment states: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” A quick glance at any modern dictionary reveals keep/to keep has many definitions, denotations and connotations. In a few instances, too keep can mean to own (“to keep a shop”). It is therefore possible that the 2nd Amendment is saying that citizens have the right to own arms, specifically firearms. As the meaning of the 2nd Amendment turns on the verb to keep, it is critical…