Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Drafts of the Virginia Constitution

From Jefferson’s First Draft

no freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

From Jefferson’s Second Draft

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements].

From Jefferson’s Third Draft

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements]

First and second Dft (DLC). Third Dft (NN). Square brackets in original manuscripts. Published in PTJ, 1:344, 353, 363.
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June 13, 1776
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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