Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16
Melancton Smith, Proposed Amendment, New York Ratifying Convention2 July 1788Elliot 2:406
Respecting the organization and arming the militia, &c.,--
"Provided, That the militia of any state shall not be marched out of such state without the consent of the executive thereof, nor be continued in service out of the state, without the consent of the legislature thereof, for a longer term than six weeks; and provided, that the power to organize, arm, and discipline the militia, shall not be construed to extend further than to prescribe the mode of arming and disciplining the same."
Moved by Mr. Smith.
The Founders' Constitution
Volume 3, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16, Document 11
The University of Chicago Press
Elliot, Jonathan, ed. The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. . . . 5 vols. 2d ed. 1888. Reprint. New York: Burt Franklin, n.d.
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