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originally posted by: eManym
The Second amendment constitutes two parts, the prefatory clause and the operative clause.
The prefatory clause states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”
The operative clause states, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed”
Prefatory basically means "pertaining to"
When taking these two clauses in context it simply means a person belonging to a militia may own, possess and transport arms in the volition of participating in militia activities.
When taking the clauses out of context the clauses could take on any meaning, especially the operative clause.
It doesn't mean an individual should own 10 tactical rifles and several thousand rounds of ammunition for personal reasons. Just cuz.