While Congress was debating proposed amendments to present as the Bill of Rights for ratification by the several State conventions, the States were also busy having called their conventions and debating proposed amendments.
New Hampshire, June 21, 1788
"Congress shall never disarm ay Citizen unless such as are or have been in Actual Rebellion"
- State Ratifications, RG 11, DNA.
Pennsylvania Minority, December 12, 1787
"That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and their own state, or the United States, or for the purpose of killing game; and no law shall e passed for disarming the people or any of them, unless for crimes committed, or real danger of public injury from individuals..."
- Pennsylvania Packet, December 18, 1787
source: The Complete Bill of Rights (1997). Cogan, Neil, Editor. NY: Oxford University Press