What our Constitution says about the "militia"


Section 8.

1. The Congress shall have power ...

15. To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions.

16. To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States, respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.


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.
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