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Old December 21, 2012, 12:04 PM   #25
Romeo 33 Delta
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The organized or Select Militia was of restricted membership by definition, but you are leaving out the unorganized Militia which, while it had some restrictions on age and did not permit certain government officals, was much more inclusive.

I'm also reminded of "... being necessary for the security of a free state..." and the question: what if the government at some point becomes tyrannical? What then as to the "security of a free state?

Are you certain, or just speculate, that a shipping merchant needed government permission to arm his vessels?
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