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Amendment 3 - United States Constitution Interactive

This page provides the text and interpreted text of the 3rd Amendment of the United States Constitution. It is part of our interactive Constitution.

Quartering Act Protest

Colonial protest against the Quartering and Stamp Acts

What does it Say?

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.

What does it Mean?

According to the Third Amendment, the government cannot force citizens to share their homes with soldiers (quartering) in a time of peace. In times of war, quartering is only legal in a manner that is prescribed by law. This amendment was inspired by the horrors of the 1776 Quartering Act which forced Americans to share their homes with British soldiers.

 

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