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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.
—The Second Amendment
ROBERT J. MCWHIRTER is a nationally and internationally known speaker and author on trial advocacy, immigration law, and the history of the
Bill of Rights. He is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law with the State Bar of Arizona and first-chair qualified to defend capital cases by the Arizona
The American Bar Association has just published Mr. Mc Whirter’s book BILLS, QUILLS, AND STILLS: AN ANNOTATED, ILLUSTRATED, AND ILLUMINATED
HISTORY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS (ABA Press 2015). It previously published his books THE CRIMINAL LAWYER’S GUIDE TO IMMIGRATION LAW: QUESTIONS AND
ANSWERS, 2d ed. 2006 and THE CITIZENSHIP FLOWCHART, 2007.
Mr. Mc Whirter is currently the Supervising Criminal Attorney at the ASU Alumni Law Group, a teaching law firm serving clients of modest means.
The Congress shall have power… To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving
to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
U.S. CONST. art. I, § 8, cl. 15–16.
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the
actual Service of the United States…
U.S. CONST. art II, § 2, cl. 1.
Shooting Your Mouth
Off About the Second Amendment BY ROBERT J. MCWHIRTER