No stationing of soldiers in private houses

The Third Amendment (Amendment III) to the United States Constitution places restrictions on the quartering of soldiers in private homes without the owner's consent, forbidding the practice in peacetime. The amendment is a response to Quartering Acts passed by the British parliament during the buildup to the American Revolutionary War, which had allowed the British Army to lodge soldiers in private residences.


Amendment III to the U.S. Constitution
"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."

Web Pages

A Brief History of the Third Amendment, by Jol A. Silversmith, May 2000
"... the Third Amendment has proven to be one of the least-litigated sections of the Constitution. The Supreme Court has never directly reviewed the meaning of the amendment ... [It] has been cited in passing in other cases, most notably opinions arguing that there is a constitutional right to privacy ..."
FindLaw: U.S. Constitution: Third Amendment


The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism, by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom, Sep 2004
"... what is relevant ... today is the mindset that underlay the passage of that amendment — ... deep antipathy toward militarism and standing armies. ... on the minds of our ancestors was the primary means by which governments had historically subjected their people to tyranny — through the use of the government's military forces."
The Third Amendment and the Issue of the Maintenance of Standing Armies: A Legal History, by William S. Fields, David T. Hardy, American Journal of Legal History, 1991
"... the grievance against the involuntary quartering of soldiers was in essence an individual complaint, the ramifications of which affected specific citizens who were forced to suffer its onerous burdens. The question ... was one involving the civil rights of the individual citizen versus the power of the government."
Related Topic: Standing Armies
The Third Amendment: Forgotten but Not Gone, by Tom W. Bell, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Jul 1999
"Part II ... reveals that a mystery surrounds the Third Amendment's ratification: why did Congress turn down James Madison's comprehensively worded amendment for a version that fails to specify what limits apply to quartering at times when the country is neither at peace nor officially at war?"

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