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Letter: Ordinary citizens can be militia

A handgun is used on the indoor firing

A handgun is used on the indoor firing range at the National Armory gun store in Pompano Beach, Florida. (April 11, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

After reading the letter "Misinterpreting Second Amendment," I would like to clarify some of its misinterpretations [Sept. 1].

First, there are two classes of militia: the organized militia, which is the National Guard, and all the rest, which are unorganized or reserve militias. The unorganized militia consists of all able-bodied males aged 17 to 45, as well as former members of the nation's armed forces younger than 64.

As for weapons, the U.S. Supreme Court said in the 1939 U.S. v. Miller case that militia members, when called to service, were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and be of the kind in common use at the time.

Phil Helder, East Northport

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