The defense and protection of the state and of the United States is an obligation of all persons within the state. The legislature shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance and regulation of an organized militia.  In every New York constitution since 1777, the state has provided for a militia. The detailed provisions of the earlier constitutions were eliminated by a 1962 amendment following the recommendations of the Temporary Commission on the Revision and Simplification of the Constitution.461 The first sentence recognizes...
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