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Posted: 9/28/2004 5:32:27 AM EDT
Hey, I'm getting ready to open up a can of worms at my campus. Where is the link to the law/ordinance, whatever, that addresses who is in the unorganized militia and what weapons we are required to own. I know someone's going to want a source, so I need some help. Looking for ages, gender, weapons statement, etc. Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 5:44:41 AM EDT
Bump. Need some help. I'm looking on google, but can't find exactly what I'm looking for. Anyone? I wanna have my ducks in a row before I let the worms out.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:04:58 AM EDT
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§ 311. Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:12:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:13:56 AM EDT

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You'll probably find exactly what you are looking for there.

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:14:54 AM EDT

United States Vs Miller

This case although it involves the NFA touches heavily on the militia.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:24:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 7:48:42 AM EDT by Witch_Doctor]
Wasn't it in the US Code that defined "well regulated"? Having trouble finding it.

Whoops! Not the US Code, rather the Militia Act of 1792

Well regulated as defined by the Militia Act of 1792

That every citizen so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch with a box therein to contain not less than twenty-four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear, so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise, or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger and espontoon, and that from and after five years from the passing of this act, all muskets for arming the militia as herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound. And every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:47:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Witch_Doctor:
Wasn't it in the US Code that defined "well regulated"? Having trouble finding it.

I don't think there's a statutory definition. "Well regulated" in the 18th c. meant "in good working order," and private militias (local organizations meeting once a month for drill and target practice, unaffiliated with gov't agencies) were common until the end of the 19th c.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:01:29 AM EDT
Check out Presser v. Illinois.

Militia Act of 1792 no longer is in force, but it provides good insight into meaning of second amendment.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:16:42 AM EDT
Thanks for the sources. The worms are out and I've got one hooked. Not on the militia thing, but the AWB and "gunshow loophole". Unfortunately, it's on a college bulletin board and off-campus folks can't access it. Otherwise I'd let the dogs out.
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