Joshua Flashman is pushing his Militia Act of 2013 idea with the hashtag #MilitiaAct2013. It has appeal to me, but I have some serious misgivings. For example, the Act calls for "mental health screening", which could exclude both myself and the author on the grounds of having unconventional views on government. Second, it calls for stiff penalties for any non-member of the militia holding "battlefield/rare/exotic weapons"; exactly how does that square with the operative clause of the Second Amendment as clarified by the Heller decision?

Nevertheless, assuming I'm deemed mentally qualified, I wouldn't mind the training requirement, and the freedom to carry a weapon in my chosen state of California would be pretty damned sweet. I say let's give it a try. Now if we could only get Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to take a serious look at it.

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