Below you will find the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. The text of the actual amendment is in plain print. Explanations are in italics. Amendment I - Basic Freedoms
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. * No government may pass any law or take any action that appears to favor one religion. This provision is known as the "establishment clause." It creates what we call separation of church and state. * No government may pass any law that might prevent freedom of religion. * All Americans have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to assemble in groups and the right to protest the government and ask it to change its policies. Amendment II - Right to Bear Arms
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. * Simple, all Americans may own a gun if they choose. The government cannot decide to ban all guns. The question of limitations, however, is subject to debate and interpretaion. Amendment III - No Quartering of Soldiers
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. * The government may not house soldiers in the homes of citizens without their permission during peace time. It can happen during war only if Congress passes a law saying so. Amendment IV - Search and Seizure
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 Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the...