Knowing Your Constitutional Rights [3]

Amendment 3

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, not in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. (X)

What does this mean?

Well, let's take it into parts.

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner 

To give context, before this Amendment was made in 1791, there was something called the Quartering Acts in 1765. The Act essentially stated that British Soldiers could take up shelter in homes of the civilians [ of the colonies - you know when Great Britain ruled the world] as a compensation for their services during wartime. (X)

Great Britain would house its soldiers in American barracks and public houses.

In peace, however, it was not written plainly of what to do. Though, the colonies then considered it to be a violation of the Bill of Right of 1689 which forbade taxation without representation & the raising or keeping of a standing army without the consent of parliament.

Then, once America gained its independence, the creation of this Amendment formed. It essentially means that no soldier can reside with civilians in times of peace.

[N]ot in time of war, but in a manner prescribed by law. 

The first part covered for in times of peace no soldier shall be able to reside in a civilians home in time of peace, but this second half deals with in times of war. In time of war, there must be a law that specifies that a soldier can reside in civilians home. Without the law, a soldier is not allowed to reside there. So, if there is a war, that does not automatically mean you have to open your doors to house soldiers, rather there must be a law dictating to do so.


In what ways has President Trump & his administration done something that pertains to this Amendment:

Nothing at this time.

*Perhaps it should be noted from the U.S. Senate website:
This virtually obsolete provision was in response to anger over the British Military Practice of quartering soldiers in colonists' homes.

-if needed this will be updated from time to time.-

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This is a series that is ongoing - Every Wednesday [ #WednesdayAmendment ] there will be an Amendment Explanation paired with what President Trump & his administration have done that pertains to the Amendment discussed.


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