How to Amend the
United States Constitution

The two methods prescribed by Article V

Congress First:
The Traditional Method

Every amendment to the US Constitution since the original 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights have been passed by the traditional method.  It requires 2/3 of both houses of congress to approve the amendment followed by 3/4 of all states to ratify it.

perseverence pays off

The last amendment to be passed was the Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives. The amendment eventually became part of the United States Constitution on May 5, 1992, completing a record-setting ratification period of 202 years, 7 months, and 10 days.

The day murder was legalized

Article V Convention of States:
The Founder's Contingency Plan

A Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution, also called an Article V Convention, or Convention of States, may be called for by two-thirds (currently 34) of the state legislatures.  It is one of only two processes authorized by Article Five of the United States Constitution whereby the Constitution, the nation's frame of government, may be altered.

Justice Antonin scalia supported an Article V Convention

"There comes a point, however, at which one has to be willing to run the risk of an open convention to get the changes that are wanted. Essentially what I have said is that there is some risk of an open convention, even with respect to the limited proposal of financial responsibility at the federal level. I think that risk is worth taking. It is not much of a risk. Three-quarters of the states would have to ratify whatever came out of the convention; therefore, I don't worry about it too much."