Originally Posted by Webleymkv
So by ensuring that the government could not disarm the people (who made up the militia), the Second Amendment ensures that the Federal Government could not disarm the militia.
Militia of the state. The state through it's elected government had raised and armed militias (going back to their colonial charters) and 2A protected those militias. The state's choose to (probably because of cost) require the members of the militia to provide their own arms. Sometimes however, the state would provide arms to those who had none. Today, that militia is the National Guard.
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