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  •  I am not a consitutional expert (4+ / 0-)

    but, it seems the act

    1. was to give the president the authority to call upon and use state militias and
    1. was an effort to establish a uniform expectation when the president called upon state militias.

    I don't think the act was ever repealed per se, but believe all this was more or less supplanted in future years by the establishment of a standing armed force.

    here is a wiki link about it.

    "Biden's tears did more for the equality Of the sexes than Palin's presence" - Leah Renna

    by edgeways on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:33:29 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the wiki link (2+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, petral

      The article says,

      It conscripted every "free able-bodied white male citizen" between the ages of 18 and 45 into a local militia company overseen by the state. Militia members were required to arm themselves at their own expense with a musket, bayonet  and belt, two spare flints, a cartridge box with 24 bullets, and a knapsack.

      That seems like a pretty broad mandate imposed on every able-bodied white male to buy a whole kit from private businesses.

      BTW: There was considerable resistance to the idea of having to buy an expensive gun and accoutrements back then, too.

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