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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sun Mar 18, 2012, 12:17 PM

12. No, that is not the SOLE purpose of the right to keep and bear arms

 

The need for a well-regulated militia is the REASON that government is prohibited from infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, which was already understood to exist at the time the Constitution was written.

Where are the well-regulated militias that text refers to?

Every state has its own militia, as does the federal government. I live in California. Following are links to the LEGAL definitions of the US federal and California state militias.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/311

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=mvc&group=00001-01000&file=120-130

Note that in both cases the "militia" basically consists of all able-bodied citizens. The organized militias consist of the National Guard and Naval reserve. The unorganized militia is everyone.

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