A constitution is a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed. These rules together make up, i.e. constitute, what the entity is. When these principles are written down into a single document or set of legal documents, those documents may be said to embody a written constitution; if they are written down in a single comprehensive document, it is said to embody a codified constitution.
Constitutions concern different levels of organizations, from sovereign states to companies and unincorporated associations. A treaty which establishes an international organization is also its constitution, in that it would define how that organization is constituted. Within states, a constitution defines the principles upon which the state is based, the procedure in which laws are made and by whom. Some constitutions, especially codified constitutions, also act as limiters of state power, by establishing lines which a state's rulers cannot cross, such as fundamental rights. An example is the constitution of the United States of America.
The Constitution of India is the longest written constitution of any sovereign country in the world, containing 444 articles in 22 parts, 12 schedules and 118 amendments, with 117,369 words in its English-language translation, while the United States Constitution is the shortest written constitution, containing seven articles and 27 amendments, and a total of 4,400 words.You can browse and compare all of the living national constitutions here.

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  1. oregunbob541

    Domestic Enemies of the Constitution

    Since gun grabbers are so fond of using labels to marginalize and dehumanize law-abiding firearms owners, I think its time that we start referring to them simply as "Domestic Enemies of the Constitution. or DETC's. What do y'all think about that?
  2. simpleguy

    Oregon  SJR3 - Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing right to carry concealed firearms.

    Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing right to carry concealed firearms. Refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection at next regular general election...
  3. loadzz

    The border is, once again, a constitution free zone

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/21-147_g31h.pdf The border, once again, is a constitution-free zone and 2/3 of all American live within this zone. In a 6-to-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that border agents may unconstitutionally enter a person’s home without a warrant and assault...
  4. ATCclears

    Washington  Video on Article 1 Section 24 of the WA State Constitution

    Washington Gun Law President, William Kirk, discusses Art. 1 Sec. 24 of the Washington State Constitution and how that likely offers citizens of this state MORE protection than its Federal counterpart. While the Second Amendment prohibits any infringement upon one's right to possess a firearm...
  5. SrMachoSolo

    Polk County (OR) Sheriff's letter to Gov: "Unconstitutional mandate"

    Saw this on FB... where many commenters are being Karens, or otherwise complaining "another cop that won't do his job", when clearly he is. The wording is specifically about mandates of masks and lockdowns, but I wonder if that carries over to 2A... either way, I expected this kind of response...
  6. Ura-Ki

    California assault weapon ban. Ninth Circuit Upholds Constitution, FINALLY!

    https://www.firearmspolicy.org/fpc-wins-assault_weapon-lawsuit-in-historic-victory-for-second_amendment-rights Finally, we get a pro 2nd opinion from the 9th which will have serious ramifications here in Oregon and Washington! This is a YUGE win for the 2nd, and, that dickhead Knudson and his...
  7. tac

    National  Joe Biden on Gun Control: Understanding Biden's 2020 Platform and the Second Amendment

    I have taken the liberty of stealing this post from ammodotcom over on sigforum where I have over ten thousand posts... I am not in any way supporting one or the other of the protagonists, but as a legal shooter I obviously have my own ideas about what is meant by the words 'SHALL NOT BE...
  8. Maximillian

    Government over-reach, Your 4th Amendment rights, Access to information

    It's just my little rant, but here it goes. I got my stuff done and sat down for some TV. Red Dawn was on and it was pretty much the beginning. I can't imagine very many people on NW Firearms haven't seen it, but if not, I suggest you do, it's a good insight to what could happen to our country...
  9. Hawaiian

    National  This proves that "ARs" are in common use and protected under the Constitution.

  10. bentoncity

    Stolen revised content for all to send to your elected official.

    I "appropriated" most of this from here. (John Hawkins|Posted: Oct 07, 2017 12:01 AM) I did rewrite portions to make it my own which I suggest everyone do if you use it. I sent it to my elected reps. I hope others use it as a template for their own message. We need to get our voices heard...
  11. alv7722

    Oregon  Oregon Constitution, Art 2, Sec 22 This could be Big!!

    I haven't found anywhere that this has been rescinded. It states that if an elected official receives more than 10% of their campaign contributions from out of their district, (I would also assume state) their office is forfeit. Sec 3 states that entities that pass money through from out of...
  12. A

    Other State  Missouri Senate Bans All Federal Gun Control Laws in Proposed Bill

    Just found this today every state need to follow suit, all gun laws are unconstitutional and should not be enforced. Source: Missouri Senate Bans All Federal Gun Control Laws in Proposed Bill A stipulation of the newly passed bill states: “All federal acts, laws, executive orders...
  13. Squash_edc

    SHTF Scenario

    been thinking about this lately and decided it might be a good discussion. If SHTF in Oregon how many of us would actually group up to fight for the constitution? I’m talking like openly rebel against the state. How much do we let be taken before we stand up? How long would we be able to fight...
  14. J

    Washington  Funny how we talk about the US 2nd amendment, what about Washington's constitution, section 24

    I find it interesting in all the various threads and comments about Washington's efforts to restrict our 2nd amendment rights, I don't see much mentioned about Washington State's own constitution. SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of...
  15. arakboss

    How many members here believe States should be able to infringe on our constitutional rights?

    Today I read a comment on a thread here regarding a member approving of States being able to decide their own rules on reciprocity. How many others here share this view? If you share this view what other rights do you think the States should be able to infringe up on?
  16. gesasky


    The incessant clamoring for gun control these past couple of days has really put a burr under my saddle. I dont understand how "shall not be infringed" is not clear? I'm tired of the emotional pleas to the uniformed general public. Is there no critical thinking, logic or truth left in society...
  17. etrain16

    Why Must it be Gun Owners that "Compromise"?

    In the wake of another thread where a question was posed about what 'we' can do to help curb 'gun violence', I find myself continuing to wonder why it is that the gun owners/gun community are the only ones expected to give something up in the spirit of "common sense gun laws" and "compromise"...
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