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Mandatory Gun Ownership, The Militia Census of 1806, and Background Assumptions Concerning the Early American Right to Arms: A Cautious Response to Robert Churchill

Law and History Review, Vol. 25, p. 187, 2007

10 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2007  

William G. Merkel

Charleston School of Law

Abstract

Argues that Churchill overstates his argument that wide-spread gun ownership inspired popular endorsement of private and individualistic conceptions of the Second Amendment right at its inception and during the early nineteenth century.

Keywords: Robert Churchill, Second Amendment, militia, militia census, Joseph Varnum, firearms

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Merkel, William G., Mandatory Gun Ownership, The Militia Census of 1806, and Background Assumptions Concerning the Early American Right to Arms: A Cautious Response to Robert Churchill. Law and History Review, Vol. 25, p. 187, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=959689

William G. Merkel (Contact Author)

Charleston School of Law ( email )

Charleston, SC 29402
United States

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