"The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute.
He does not derive it from the State government.
It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government.
A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power."
-- Cockrum v. State
Source: 24 Tex.394, at 401-402 (1859)