Section 24. That the sure and certain defense of a free people, is a well
regulated militia; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to
freedom, they ought to be avoided as far as the circumstances and safety of the
community will admit; and that in all cases the military shall be kept in strict
subordination to the civil authority.
Section 25. That no citizen of this state, except such as are employed in the
army of the United States, or militia in actual service, shall be subjected to
punishment under the martial or military law. That martial law, in the sense
of the unrestricted power of military officers, or others, to dispose of the persons,
liberties or property of the citizen, is inconsistent with the principles of
free government, and is not confided to any department of the government of
this state.
Section 26. That the citizens of this state have a right to keep and to beararms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law,
to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.
Section 27. That no soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any
house without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war, but in a manner
prescribed by law.
Section 28. That no citizen of this state shall be compelled to bear arms,
provided he will pay an equivalent, to be ascertained by law.

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Molon Labe
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