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1844 R.I. Pub. Laws 501, An Act To Regulate The Militia, §§1, 45




§ 1. Every able bodied white male citizen in this state, who is or shall be of the age of eighteen years, and not exceeding the age of forty-five years, excepting persons absolutely exempted by the provisions of this act, and idiots, lunatics, common drunkards, paupers, vagabonds, an persons convicted of any infamous crime shall be enrolled in the militia . . . § 45. No officer, non-commissioned officer, or private, shall unnecessarily or without orders from his superior officer, come to any place of parade with his musket, rifle or pistol loaded with balls, slugs, shot or other dangerous substance, or shall so load the same while on parade.