Washington DC 1802

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A Bill

For establishing the government of the Territory of Columbia.

[Now before the House of Representatives.]

BE it enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the government of the territory of Columbia, (with a reservation of the constitutional authority of Congress over the same,) Shall be exercised in manner following. . . .

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   Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That no law shall be made respecting any establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, otherwise than by a liability to private action for falshood in point of fact; or abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition for a redress of grievances; nor shall the right of the people to keep and bear arms be infringed, nor shall a soldier, 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 right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons to be seized.

[The National Intelligencer And Washington Advertiser. Washington City, Friday, February 5th, 1802. Vol. II. No. CXCV. Pg. 1 & 2]

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The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall NOT be infringed.

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