While doing some genealogy research I found this passage about one of my ancestors: "All men, between 16 and 60, were required to muster and train in the local militia, or trainband. They were required to have a rifle, bullets and powder. It was a frequent court complaint that someone didn't have enough bullets and/or powder. Abraham, 7 Sept 1652, was complained of for not having bullets, and not having armes for his man. His man (an apprentice or helper probably) was by Abraham's testimony of "small groweth" and he couldn't get arms to fit him. He also said he thought he had enough bullets, but didn't, and had already acquired them. He was fined 18d instead of 10s., and warned that he would be fined severely if he didn't get arms for his man." One hundred and forty years before the US Constitution.