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Saturday, March 16, 2013

You must keep a gun

The laws of the Virginia colony during many years required that the head of every family should keep in his house, ready to hand, a well-fixed gun, two pounds of powder, and eight pounds of shot for every person under him who was able to carry a gun. The object was to provide immediate defense against sudden Indian attack. Source: British State Papers, B. T. Va., for 1692, No. 118, unassorted.

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