SAKplumber, I hope you don't think that I was suggesting any of that? For my part I wasn't really touching on the Militia part much. I was more interested in how legislation on how to bear arms is construed in reference to the right to bear arms. So, to make it a bit absurd for a moment, is it permissible to walk down the street in an American town with a live katana strapped to your back? Or a spear? Or a spiked club? Does the right to bear arms only apply to firearms, and if not why then are there restrictions on knife carry (blade length and so on)? Like I said, as an outsider it is sometimes a little difficult to understand the thrust (hah!) of the 2nd Amendment. @11C1P, I am also curious about requirements. Is it prudent to allow someone with no experience nor understanding to strap on a loaded firearm and stroll around in public? Surely a minimum safety requirement is sensible, by insisting on some training/getting a licence, if only for the protection of the innocent against unfortunate and avoidable accidents? Please note I am not against gun carry - probably would do it myself if permitted, though fairly sure I would never need it - just trying to get my head around how it all works in the US.