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And your list of duty related firearms does show that you should be able to protect yourself with the "assault" weapons. (for lack of a better word atm)
I appreciate your defense of the Constitution. But we must defend all parts. For example, I don't see many people getting nearly as heated about the 1st, 4th, etc etc that are being violated on a regular basis by our government. (or at least being slowly pushed).
originally posted by: dfnj2015
I think militia means militia. But hasn't the Supremes ruled on this to mean citizens?
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: dfnj2015
I don't think they've ever explicitly stated that the phrase "militia" means every citizen, no. The closest they've come is saying that service in an actual "organized militia" is not a litmus test for being able to own firearms.
[The Miller] precedent stood for nearly 70 years when in 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court revisited the issue in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290). The plaintiff in Heller challenged the constitutionality of the Washington D.C. handgun ban, a statute that had stood for 32 years. Many considered the statute the most stringent in the nation. In a 5-4 decision, the Court, meticulously detailing the history and tradition of the Second Amendment at the time of the Constitutional Convention, proclaimed that the Second Amendment established an individual right for U.S. citizens to possess firearms and struck down the D.C. handgun ban as violative of that right.
Today, as defined by the Militia Act of 1903, the term "militia" is primarily used to describe two groups within the United States:
Organized militia – consisting of State militia forces; notably, the National Guard and Naval Militia. (Note: the National Guard is not to be confused with the National Guard of the United States.)
Unorganized militia – composing the Reserve Militia: every able-bodied man of at least 17 and under 45 years of age, not a member of the National Guard or Naval Militia.
originally posted by: JBurns
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
It is my hope this ends up being the case. Perhaps it is a good thing they didn't hear it, since the jurists of the SCOTUS rarely reverse an earlier opinion.