Saturday, April 15, 2006

...including the body of the people capable of bearing arms...

"17th. That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated militia, including the body of the people capable of bearing arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free state; that the militia shall not be subject to martial law, except in time of war, rebellion, or insurrection; that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and ought not to be kept up, except in eases of necessity; and that at all times, the military should be under strict subordination to the civil power....18th. That any person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms ought to be exempted..."

- Page 160 - Journal of The Senate,
Ratification of the constitution by the convention of the state of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations.
(Rhode-Island,Newport, June 9, 1790).

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