AWRM

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AWRMA Well Regulated Militia (Unorganized Militia online resource)
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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
A well regulated Militia, composed of the great body of the Citizens, is always the chief dependence of a free people for their defence.
Second Amendment's first words: A well regulated militia .
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
That year, the court reinstated the prosecution of two men for carrying sawed-off shotguns across state lines, saying there was no evidence that such weapons had a ''reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.
Nor does the Second Amendment say that the right of the people to keep and bears arms is protected only to the extent that such a right fosters a well regulated militia or the security of a free state.
Thus, although we will need to ask what useful information the prefatory language offers, the language of the Second Amendment simply cannot be read to mean: "The states shall have the right to maintain a well regulated militia.
THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION CONTAINS TWO SEPARATE CLAUSES: "[1] A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, [2] THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
Thus, on the eve of the Revolution John Hancock noted that "[f]rom a well regulated militia we have nothing to fear," but he asked rhetorically, from a standing army "what has not a state to fear?
Perhaps I do not read very well, however, the pamphlet I have titled ``The Constitution of the United States'' says, ``Second Amendment - A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
The Second Amendment right to a well regulated militia, therefore, is not an individual right.
The theory that is most often encountered by the intelligent lay public reads the words to say something like: "In order to make themselves secure, states have a right to have a well regulated militia, and Congress may not restrict state regulation of militia members' weapons.