List of militia organizations in the United States

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This is a list of active and armed militia organizations in the United States. While the two largest militias are the Oath Keepers and the 3 Percenters, there are numerous smaller groups.


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified 334 militia groups at their peak in 2011. It identified 276 in 2015, up from 202 in 2014.[1] In 2016, the SPLC identified a total of 165 armed militia groups within the United States.[2][3]

National groups[edit]

As of 2020, the following militia groups have a national presence:

Statewide groups[edit]

Militias with a statewide presence[A]
Name State Ref.
Arizona Border Recon[B] Arizona [8][9][10]
Arizona Liberty Guard Arizona [11]
Arizona State Militia Arizona [12]
Southern Arizona Militia Arizona [11]
Arkansas Defense Force Arkansas [11]
First State Pathfinders Delaware [11]
Indiana Citizens Volunteer Militia Indiana [11]
Kentucky Mountain Rangers Kentucky [11]
Louisiana Volunteer Force Louisiana [11]
Maine Militia Maine [11]
Michigan Home Guard Michigan [11]
Michigan Militia Michigan [11]
Northwest Lower Michigan Civil Defense Michigan [11]
Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia Michigan [11]
Missouri Brotherhood Militia Missouri [11]
Missouri Citizens Militia Missouri [11][13]
Missouri Militia Missouri [14]
North Country Deplorables New York [15]
New York Light Foot Militia New York [11][16]
New York Militia TM New York [11]
New York Mutual Assistance Group New York [11]
New Mexico Civil Guard New Mexico [17][18][19]
Cowboys Motorcycle Club Ohio [11]
The Last Militia Ohio [11]
Ohio Irregulars Ohio [11]
Ohio Valley Minutemen Citizen's Volunteer Militia Ohio [11]
West Ohio Minutemen Ohio [11]
Appalachian Associators Pennsylvania [11]
Iron City Citizen's Response Unit (CRU) Pennsylvania [11][20][21][22][23]
Pennsylvania Armare Woodsmen Pennsylvania [11]
Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia Pennsylvania [11]
Pennsylvania State Militia Pennsylvania [11]
Rhode Island Patriots Rhode Island [11]
Texas State Militia Texas [24][25]
This Is Texas Freedom Force Texas [26][27]
Green Mountain Militia Vermont [11]
Washington Light Foot Militia Washington [28]
West Virginia Light Foot Militia West Virginia [11]

Local groups[edit]

SPLC identified local militia groups (2018)[11][C]
State Name Location
Alabama Alabama Constitutional Militia Clanton
South Alabama Militia Dothan
Alaska Alaska Citizens Militia Nikiski
Arizona Arizona Freedom Militia Mohave
Northern Arizona Militia Golden Valley
Arkansas Arkansas State Militia Corps Mansfield
California California State Militia Bay Area
Sacramento County
Florida Florida Militia Central
Idaho Idaho Light Foot Militia Kootenai County
Illinois Illinois Sons of Liberty Chicago
Indiana Indiana Citizens Volunteer Militia[D] Lake County
Kentucky KY County Rangers Bath County
Maine Maine Volunteer Responders Gardiner
Michigan Capitol City Militia Clinton County
Genesee County Volunteer Militia Genesee County
Michigan Liberty Militia Barry County
Michigan Peoples' Reactionary Force Genesee County
Michigan Wolf Pack Gratiot County
Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia[D] Lapeer County
Macomb County
Wayne County
Mississippi Citizens Militia of Mississippi Batesville
Carroll County
Missouri 417 Second Amendment Militia[29] Hartville
Missouri Citizens Militia[D] Washington County
Missouri Militia[D] Joplin
Kansas City
St. Joseph
New Hampshire Patriot Mutual Assistance Group Rindge
New York New York Lightfoot Militia[30][31][32] Delaware, County
Liberty State Militia Chenango County
New York Militia TM[D] Albany County
Mohawk Valley Region
New York Mutual Assistance Group Orange County
Suffolk County
North Carolina Stokes County Militia King
Ohio The Frontiersmen Ravenna
The Last Militia[D] Allen County
Butler County
Clark County
Hamilton County
Montgomery County
Summit County
Trumbull County
North East Ohio Outdoorsman East Rochester
Ohio Defense Force Home Guard Cincinnati
New Lexington
Reapers Constitutional Militia of Ohio Cortland
Oregon Central Oregon Constitutional Guard Redmond
Pennsylvania Carlisle Light Infantry Cumberland County
Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Militia Wyomissing
Iron City Citizen's Response Unit (CRU) Allegheny
Pennsylvania Homeland Shield Clarksburg
Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia[D] Berks County
Bradford County
Juniata County
Luzerne County
Schuylkill County
Tioga County
Westmoreland County
South Carolina South Carolina Light Foot Militia Horry County
Tennessee 1st Tennessee Rifles UMIT Lafayette
East Tennessee Mountain Militia Knoxville
Tennessee Defence Legion Chester


Alamo Militia San Antonio
Golden Triangle Militia Groves
Texas Light Foot Militia Tyler
Texas State Militia Austin
Big Spring
Washington Washington Light Foot Militia[D] Spokane County
West Virginia Ohio Valley Minutemen Citizen's Volunteer Militia[E] Charleston
Wisconsin Kenosha Guard[33] Kenosha

Inactive groups[edit]

Several militia organizations have since become inactive including:

Name Location Ref.
1st Mechanical Kansas Militia Kansas [34]
Citizens for Constitutional Freedom New Mexico
Connecticut White Wolves Connecticut [35]
Gadsden Minutemen Alabama [36]
Kentucky State Militia Kentucky [37]
Militia of Montana Montana [38]
North American Militia Michigan [39]
Ohio Defense Force Ohio [40]
North American Militia Michigan [41][42]
Pennsylvania Military Reserve Pennsylvania [43][44]
San Joaquin County Militia California [45]
Southern California High Desert Militia California [46]
Southern Indiana Regional Militia Indiana [47]
Texas Emergency Reserve Texas [48]
Texas Light Foot Militia (statewide) Texas [49]
Twin Cities Free Militia Minneapolis–Saint Paul [50]
Ohio Unorganized Militia Assistance and Advisory Committee Ohio [51]
Oklahoma Constitutional Militia Oklahoma [52]
Viper Militia Arizona [53]
Washington State Militia Washington [54][55]
West Virginia Mountaineer Militia Clarksburg, West Virginia [56]
Wolverine Watchmen Michigan [57]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Only includes groups active in at least 2017. Affiliates of the Oath Keepers and III%-styled groups are excluded.
  2. ^ Accepts volunteers throughout the state, but operations are mostly conducted in Sasabe.
  3. ^ Groups excluded are (1) affiliates of Oath Keepers regardless of status as militias, and (2) any self-styled "III%" groups.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Considered to be a statewide group in another source
  5. ^ Same as the statewide group in Ohio


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