Article X, Washington State Constitution

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Article X of the Washington State Constitution is labeled Militia. It includes sections 1-6 for a total of six sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Who Liable To Military Duty.

All able-bodied male citizens of this state between the ages of eighteen (18) and forty-five (45) years except such as are exempt by laws of the United States or by the laws of this state, shall be liable to military duty.[1]

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Organization -- Discipline -- Officers -- Power To Call Out.

The legislature shall provide by law for organizing and disciplining the militia in such manner as it may deem expedient, not incompatible with the Constitution and laws of the United States. Officers of the militia shall be elected or appointed in such manner as the legislature shall from time to time direct and shall be commissioned by the governor. The governor shall have power to call forth the militia to execute the laws of the state to suppress insurrections and repel invasions.[1]

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Soldiers' Home.

The legislature shall provide by law for the maintenance of a soldiers' home for honorably discharged Union soldiers, sailors, marines and members of the state militia disabled while in the line of duty and who are bona fide citizens of the state.[1]

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Public Arms.

The legislature shall provide by law, for the protection and safe keeping of the public arms.[1]

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Privilege From Arrest.

The militia shall, in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at musters and elections of officers, and in going to and returning from the same.[1]

Section 6

Text of Section 6:

Exemption From Military Duty.

No person or persons, having conscientious scruples against bearing arms, shall be compelled to do militia duty in time of peace: Provided, such person or persons shall pay an equivalent for such exemption.[1]

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