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Third Amendment

Bust out your magnifying glass. We're taking an up-close look at Third Amendment of the US Constitution.

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Passed by Congress: 25 September 1789
Ratified: 15 December 1791


No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

The quartering of soldiers in citizens' houses may now seem like a bizarre thing to worry about or to include in a charter of liberties as important as the Bill of Rights, but quartering was a major issue in the years leading up the Revolutionary War, as American colonists resented the ill-behaved British troops they were forced to put up in their homes. In modern times, however, the Third Amendment has become more or less irrelevant.

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