The Maryland Minute Men

Though this homeguard at the German POW holding faciity at Camp Fredrick Maryland is comparatively well equipped with an M1 Carbine late in the War, the early guards were not so lucky. (Image via German Pulse)

Though this sentry at the German POW holding facility at Camp Fredrick, Maryland is comparatively well equipped with an M1 Carbine late in the War, the early home guards were not so lucky. (Image via German Pulse)

Second Amendment luminary David Kopel has an interesting piece up at the Volokh Conspiracy about the Maryland Home Guard that sprung up in 1942.

On March 10, 1942, Maryland’s Democratic governor, Herbert O’Conor, called forth the militia of Maryland. In a radio address to the People of the State, O’Conor called for the creation of the Maryland Minute Men. They would provide “local protection against parachute troops, saboteurs, or organized raiding parties” — attacks that might be assisted by “by enemy sympathizers within our State.”

The U.S. military did not have arms or ammunition to spare. “Hence, the volunteers, for the most part, will be expected to furnish their own weapons. For this reason, gunners (of whom there are 60, 000 licensed in Maryland), members of Rod and Gun Clubs, of Trap Shooting and similar organizations, will be expected to constitute a part of this new military organization.”

“The Maryland Minute Men, armed with weapons with which they are thoroughly familiar from long use, operating in a community in which they are accustomed to every road and trail and stream, and aroused to fighting pitch by the knowledge that they are serving to protect their own homes, their family and all that they hold dear in life, will prove a staunch defense against any enemy activity.”

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