There are ways of throwing this back at into the gun controllers face... Saying that the Second Amendment and the Militia Act of 1792 REQUIRE every able bodied man (and now women) to own a firearm and be trained in the art of war. If I am correct, the law is still on the books.
The problem is the black robe class of appelate judges tend to be isolated from the real world and in the ivory tower delusional air of the appelate clerks, the research will be results oriented rather than constitutional oriented.
It's not. Was replaced by the National Guard act (whatever its actual name).
Yep. You have six months to arm yourself with a musket after being notified by your state.
The preferred weapon for hunting (and self defense) was the rifle due to its accuracy. But rifles were expensive, difficult to load quickly, and fouled after two or three rounds from the black powder.
The musket, though innacurate, was inexpensive, quick to load, didn't foul (due to the smoothbore design), and was ideal for Militia volley fire on the battlefield.