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If the State wishes to forgo that protection, is there anything that says they can't do it?

Yes. DC v. Heller, which holds that although the Second Amendment refers to militias, the term "militia" refers to the population of able-bodied men (not merely the actual collection of such men after they have been summoned to participate in an organized military unit) and thus that the right to "keep and bear arms" under the Second Amendment is a right that they possess, and not the State. The State can choose to, or choose not to, call forth that militia - and the State may adopt (or decline to adopt) whatever regulations should govern that militia, either before or after it has been called forth. But the militia always exists, and it always possesses the right to keep and bear arms vis-a-vis the federal government regardless of whether the State has elected or not elected to do anything with that militia.

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