What did it mean to bear arms in the 1700s?
Given the choice between acquiring their first firearm or their first piece of furniture, many American colonists would have purchased a firearm (often a flintlock fowler, fusil, or rifle). Firearms had many everyday uses, and were very common household tools. When it came to feeding a family and surviving in the colonies, a firearm was as important a tool as any other.
So why were firearms so important? Continue to find out!
Firearms in this exhibit from the George C. Neumann Collection, provided courtesy of Valley Forge National Historical Park.