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Old 09-09-2019, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by QuickSilver View Post
"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."

Far be it from me to be a pedant about punctuation, but the statement is separated by commas, not periods. Seems an important detail. Though clearly the courts have spoken to rule otherwise.
The way it is punctuated, it looks like there are two subordinate clauses between A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State shall not be infringed. The key issue appears to be the importance of a militia, the part about keeping and bearing arms being a lateral component of that.

Also, I would note the part where it firmly protects the right to manufacture and trade weapons.