"While the legislature has power, in the most comprehensive manner, to regulate the carrying and use of firearms, it has no power to constitute it a crime for a person, alien or citizen, to possess a revolver for the legitimate defense of himself and his property, said right being expressly granted by section 5, art. 2, of the State Constitution, to every person."
People v. Zerillo, 219 Mich. 635, 189 N.W. 927, 24 A.L.R. 1115 at headnote 1 (1922).
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Sorta-in-general / kinda — headed in the right direction if coming from a totalitarian oligarchy (not a republican form of government). As John Locke so accurately depicted: “The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.”

The “State” has no authority, legitimacy, licit standing or right to expressly grant a right. All rights are “INALIENABLE”. As here stated: legislature has power, in the most comprehensive manner, to regulate the carrying and use of firearms” emphasizes a god like position superior to individual sovereigns. It is accurate to say that: those servants representing individual sovereign right have authority to legislate order, BUT! ! ! such legislators have NO - at law or in equity “power” to regulate (as a mandate). Within the “order” of lawful legislation (the laws of nature and of nature’s God), the judicial (not necessarily a priestly robbed mini-god officiate) has the authority to determine, by verdict a status of innocent, guilty, etc. (concerning a broken law) according to justice and the executive has the power to enforce the demands of justice.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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