Good article by historian Robert Churchill
Among other things, he uncovers evidence of Revolutionary era "impressment" of arms -- the same term used for, well, kidnapping sailors to force them into the royal navy. During the Revolution, some governments impressed arms for official use, and the practice was bitterly resented. As Joyce Malcolm found in 17th century England, many hid their arms to preserve them, or refused to bring them to militia musters.
[Hat tip to Don Kates]