Sunday, March 09, 2014

Washington, D.C.: "nor shall the rights of the people to keep and bear arms be infringed...."

The Very Last Proposition.--The following is a copy of a bill introduced into the Senate yesterday, which, the reader will perceive, is in exact keeping with the suggestion of the National Intelligencer as the proper mode of settling the difficulty between the two Houses of Congress relative to the army
appropriation bill:

BILL abrogating certain laws enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory cf Kansas.

   Be it enacted, &c. That inasmuch as the Constitution of the United States and the organic act of said Territory has secured to the inhabitants thereof certain inalienable rights, of which they cannot be deprived by any legislative enactment, therefore no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust; no law shall be in force or enforced in said Territory respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition for the redress of grievances; 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, by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized; nor shall the rights of the people to keep and bear arms be infringed. No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation. In all criminal prosecution, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process of obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel in his defence. The privilege of habeas corpus shall not be suspended unless when, in case of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact by jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive lines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

[Evening Star, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 26, 1856. Vol. VIII. No. 1,107. Pg. 2]

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