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Old 09-09-2019, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by BobLibDem View Post
I interpret the right of "the people" to be collective. They have the collective right to be armed via the National Guard, which is today's "well-regulated militia".
Actually, Federal law draws a distinction between the "organized militia", which is the National Guard, and the "unorganized militia".

10 U.S. Code § 246.Militia: composition and classes
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(a)The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b)The classes of the militia are—
(1)the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2)the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
So technically, if you're between male, and between 17 and 45 years old, you're part of the militia whether you know it or not. And presumably, the right to keep and bear arms would extend to you as part of that unorganized militia, not just to the National Guard in its capacity as the organized militia.