Originally Posted by BlueTrain
While I doubt there were many cannon parked in people's carriage houses during the 1780s and 1790s, it is true there were armed merchantmen (commercial sailing ships) at the time.
How about prior to 1776?
There was no standing army, other than the British army, prior to the Revolution. And the Founders wanted no part of a standing army after the revolution. So if the cannon were not in the hands (or carriage houses) of "the People," where were they?