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Article XVII, Colorado Constitution

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Article XVII of the Colorado Constitution is entitled Militia. It is composed of five sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Persons Subject to Service

The militia of the state shall consist of all able­bodied male residents of the state between the ages of eighteen and forty­five years; except, such persons as may be exempted by the laws of the United States, or of the state.[1]

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Organization Equipment Discipline

The organization, equipment and discipline of the militia shall conform as nearly as practicable, to the regulations for the government of the armies of the United States.[1]

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Officers How Chosen

The governor shall appoint all general, field and staff officers and commission them. Each company shall elect its own officers, who shall be commissioned by the governor; but if any company shall fail to elect such officers within the time prescribed by law, they may be appointed by the governor.[1]

Section 4

Text of Section 4:


The general assembly shall provide for the safekeeping of the public arms, military records, relics and banners of the state.[1]

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Exemption in Time of Peace

No person having conscientious scruples against bearing arms shall be compelled to do militia duty in time of peace.[1]


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