Requirement of firearms possession
John C. Eastman
jeastman at CHAPMAN.EDU
Tue Aug 22 18:42:56 PDT 2000
Is anyone aware of any prosecutions brought or fines levied against individuals
who failed to comply with the Militia Act?
Chapman University School of Law
Sanford Levinson wrote:
> I think that the Militia Act, which is interesting for all sorts of reasons
> (including the limitation to "free able-boded white male citizen[s]," which
> Taney made much of in Dred Scott, is a model example of the problem posed
> by inferring general behavior ("law in action") from laws on the books.
> There's no doubt that the Act existed and was thought to be important. But
> it is unclear what one can really say beyond that as to the actual
> incidence of compliance with the act, including "provid[ing onself] with a
> good musket or firelock."
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