Upstate New York Village Questions Need For Militia

Hannibal N.Y. - Several individuals in the rural Oswego County community of Hannibal are examining whether or not a militia is necessary.

The group has set up a Facebook page and produced flyers in order to drum up interest. Organizers have also planned an informational meeting for later in the week.

"It's in, more or less, my area and I would like to find out if it is good or bad," said Oswego County Legislator Doug Malone.

The militia is being organized by Jon Alvarez, an Iraq War veteran who moved from Baldwinsville to Hannibal two years ago. He says the militia in Hannibal may end up being nothing more than a glorified neighborhood watch. Or, it may end up being an organization ready to respond to emergencies when police or fire cannot.

Hannibal Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf is uneasy about the idea. "Who's gonna be in charge of this?" he asked. "Who declares a problem?"

Greenleaf says the Town rejected the idea when it was presented earlier this year. "Someone getting hurt, that’s my biggest concern," he said. "Not being organized and not knowing what the consequences would be for any action they might do. And somebody might just go off the deep end."

Here are a few links that the Hannibal Town Supervisor might want to take an extra look at-
Militia Act Of 1792
Sources On The Second Amendment

New York:. .  That the People have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia,
including the body of the People capable of bearing Arms,
is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free State;
That the Militia should not be subject to Martial Law except in time of War, Rebellion or Insurrection. 
That Standing Armies in time of Peace are dangerous to Liberty, and ought not to be kept up, except in Cases of necessity; and that at all times, the Military should be under strict Subordination to the civil Power...