Have you ever heard of the “Dick Act of 1902?” More properly known as the “Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654″. Oddly enough it is not available online from government sources, only a “catalog page” found at The Library of Congress . The Dick Act’s most quoted synopsis is: The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities. The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia, henceforth known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia, the unorganized militia and the regular army. The militia encompasses every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45. All members of the unorganized militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy. The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to do so would violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws which would be yet another gross violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The President of the United States has zero authority without violating the Constitution to call the National Guard to serve outside of their State borders. I find it hilarious that the bill introduced to fund the National Guard’s annual exercise also provides for the unorganized militia (you and me) to own whatever we wish in the way of weaponry “for the militia”. Just another conveniently ignored facet of living in a “Republic” that the modern day politicians try to make us believe is a democracy. We the people hold the power. Exercise your power, vote to keep your guns and your freedom. Vote Republican. The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788 once published the following: “Who are the militia? If not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” –Tenche Coxe, Penn Gazette I couldn’t agree more. What about  you?

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Comment by suzie on July 20, 2012 at 11:41pm

Wow..   I love this .. this is the America i love and would die to defend from all enemies foreign and domestic .. thank you for this little piece of history something that should be taught in the 3rd grade in my opinion ~~EXCELLENT ~~

Comment by suzie on July 21, 2012 at 12:28am

Charles William Frederick Dick (November 3, 1858 – March 13, 1945) was a Republican politician from Ohio. He served in theUnited States House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

I was curious as to who was the Dick in the .. DICK act of 1909  i found out little about him http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/government/us_constitution/...

but i found out a little more about the Dick Act 

Attorney General Wickersham advised President Taft, "the Organized Militia (the National Guard) can not be employed for offensive warfare outside the limits of the United States."

The Honorable William Gordon, in a speech to the House on Thursday, October 4, 1917, proved that the action of President Wilson in ordering the Organized Militia (the National Guard) to fight a war in Europe was so blatantly unconstitutional that he felt Wilson ought to have been impeached.

During the war with England an attempt was made by Congress to pass a bill authorizing the president to draft 100,000 men between the ages of 18 and 45 to invade enemy territory, Canada. The bill was defeated in the House by Daniel Webster on the precise point that Congress had no such power over the militia as to authorize it to empower the President to draft them into the regular army and send them out of the country.

The fact is that the President has no constitutional right, under any circumstances, to draft men from the militia to fight outside the borders of the USA, and not even beyond the borders of their respective states. Today, we have a constitutional LAW which still stands in waiting for the legislators to obey the Constitution which they swore an oath to uphold.

Charles Hughes of the American Bar Association (ABA) made a speech which is contained in the Appendix to Congressional Record, House, September 10, 1917, pages 6836-6840 which states: "The militia, within the meaning of these provisions of the Constitution is distinct from the Army of the United States." In these pages we also find a statement made by Daniel Webster, "that the great principle of the Constitution on that subject is that the militia is the militia of the States and of the General Government; and thus being the militia of the States, there is no part of the Constitution worded with greater care and with more scrupulous jealousy than that which grants and limits the power of Congress over it."

"This limitation upon the power to raise and support armies clearly establishes the intent and purpose of the framers of the Constitution to limit the power to raise and maintain a standing army to voluntary enlistment, because if the unlimited power to draft and conscript was intended to be conferred, it would have been a useless and puerile thing to limit the use of money for that purpose. Conscripted armies can be paid, but they are not required to be, and if it had been intended to confer the extraordinary power to draft the bodies of citizens and send them out of the country in direct conflict with the limitation upon the use of the militia imposed by the same section and article, certainly some restriction or limitation would have been imposed to restrain the unlimited use of such power."

The Honorable William Gordon

Congressional Record, House, Page 640 - 1917


i could not find any pictures of the  Charles Dick Medal of Merit

 The Charles Dick Medal of Merit is a 2 1/2 inch gold plated medal bearing the likeness of Charles Dick. The medal is attached to a gold and red ribbon and accompanied by a plate engraved with the recipients’ name all of which is encased in a wooden glass frame.


The Charles Dick Medal of Merit was established in 1988 and is designed to recognize the contributions to the National Guard by elected representatives to legislative bodies at the state and national levels.  The medal is named in honor of Major General Charles Dick, NGAUS president from 1902 to 1909, a major general in the Ohio National Guard, a Congressman and later a Senator. Dick was responsible for the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 that established the foundation of the modern National Guard. ~~  you just got me wondering about who  was this person ~~ thanks

Comment by Nota Khan on December 23, 2012 at 1:13pm

Oddly enough it is not available online from government sources,

What a surpise!

only a “catalog page” found at The Library of Congress

Someone is gonna get fired for leaving this in :)

Thanks Tim and thanks suzie :)

Comment by LibertyTreeBud on December 23, 2012 at 8:21pm

Sounds like great news, I love the Dick Act...

Comment by TheLasersShadow on January 8, 2013 at 11:49pm

This act FORBIDS GUN CONTROL OF ANY KIND for able-bodied men ages 18-45... This needs to really be reasserted, who knows if we can make a big enough stink about this we can not only prevent further infringement but get our full automatics back.

Funny found this page through Wikipedia whom linked to the daily paul who linked here!! Is that a first or what LOL!

Comment by TheLasersShadow on January 9, 2013 at 1:09am

Anyone with the REAL act please post it here!

Comment by Tim Brown on January 11, 2013 at 8:29pm
Comment by Tim Brown on January 11, 2013 at 8:34pm

This is the most I could get of the Act ...http://www.saf.org/LawReviews/Mullins1.htm

Comment by Maria De Wind on January 13, 2013 at 12:07am

Governor Huntsman receives the Charles Dick Medal of Merit from ...Brigadier General Koper

Comment by Maria De Wind on January 13, 2013 at 12:10am


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