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Repealing the Second Amendment is not easy

Don’t let the politicians or the NRA scare you about taking your guns away. The Second Amendment to the Constitution would have to be repealed. Here’s how the process works:

A proposed amendment to the Constitution must first be passed by Congress with two-thirds majorities in both the House and the Senate.

Then three-fourths of the states must ratify the amendment. That’s done either through getting the state legislatures to approve of it or by ratifying conventions. Three-fourths is a high bar — if as few as 13 states refuse to approve the change, the amendment stalls. Considering how many states are considered gun-friendly, it’s unlikely that the amendment would survive.

The other option for repealing the Second Amendment is more radical: Calling for a constitutional convention under Article V of the Constitution (AKA an “Article V convention”). If two-thirds of the state legislatures call for a new convention, they could convene delegations and start drafting new amendments. It’s understandably a controversial idea, but arguably could be a way to repeal the Second Amendment.

LARRY L. DUBEY,

Alpena

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