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Alias Dictus Tyrant Donating Member (401 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 08:45 PM
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199. The term "militia" is defined in 10 USC 311
The Federal law has had an operative definition of "militia" since forever. In short, members of the militia are defined as all able-bodied males ages 17 to 45 who are not members of the organized military service.

The "militia" is just a legal class of natural person in the US, like "minor". You do not have to do anything to be a member of the militia if you have the right body parts and are of the right age. There is no training implied either by statute or judicial precedent, and indeed the status of "militia" of people with no training is settled law (see: "the draft").

It is a bit discriminatory to use the narrow "militia" interpretation insofar as it implies that women have no 2nd Amendment rights.
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