The Proposed Second Amendment

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country: but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person

– James Madison (Proposed Second Amendment text)

An article published by the National Constitution Center this morning featured this quotation from James Madison. It seems to clear up some of the confusion over the intent of the Second Amendment and levies more emphasis on the individual right to bear arms. I wonder how much different (if at all) things would be today if this text had been adopted.


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