The Second Amendment:
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
This amendment begins with the phrase "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state." The amendment begins with these words because none of The Founding Fathers believed in a "standing army," preferring instead local militias that could be quickly mustered into unified force.
The right to "keep and bear arms" derives from citizen participation in well-regulated militias.
Absent citizen participation in a "well-regulated militia" there is no constitutional right to bear arms.
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