If one takes the US definition of the Militia seriously* then why shouldnt one have such gear if they so choose.To the Americans and those Brits living in the US.
OK, you've got the 2nd Amendment and for better for worse the current interpretation of what it means and what it was intended for.
But are those who dress as pseudo commandos and SWAT teams donning combats, assault vests, helmets, KBars strapped to webbing a la Vietnam War style, face masks etc., seen as being 'normal' or are they seen as extremists, knob heads who like dressing up, big kids with boys toys, etc., etc., ?
I'm sure there's a range of motives for dressing up as they do, but I'm wondering how the ordinary person in everytown US sees them. (Yeah I know, the US is huge and there's differences between the varying states).
10 U.S. Code § 246.Militia: composition and classes
The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b)The classes of the militia are—
the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.