Posted: Aug 27, 2012 6:48 pm
Madison, as a member of the Second Congress, and Washington, as the first President, had supported the Militia Acts of 1792, which gave each able-bodied white male of fighting age six months to "provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball."
Men owning rifles were required to provide a powder horn, 1/4 pound of gun powder, 20 rifle balls, a shooting pouch, and a knapsack.
this law was in effect until the early 1900s. it makes it clear what the framers had in mind with the second amendment, the fact that it would be bolstered by this act requiring every able bodied male to own a military grade gun and ammunition.