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I-594 and ‘militia’

I applaud Mr. Baumgartner for taking up his citizen’s right and obligation to petition our elected officials. (See his letter online here). I, too, agree with him that I-594 is a reasonable and sensible limitation on an otherwise unfettered right to bear arms. As someone who has read extensively on the genesis of the Second Amendment, there were many views on how to define a militia in those times and it is clear that, like the devil, one can quote scripture for his own purposes. I do not see how  I-594 infringes on the rights of any law abiding citizen to have firearms. Persons with criminal records should not be counted as militia, no matter how you define the concept.

Erik R. Swenson, MD

 

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