Page 1 of the draft of the amendments to the Constitution of the United States. (--/National Archives)

The Aug. 10 front-page article “Trump decried for gun remark” was in error when it stated, “There are two ways to alter the Constitution.”

There are actually four ways. (1) Both houses propose an amendment with a two-thirds vote, and three-fourths of the state legislatures approve. Twenty-six of the 27 amendments were approved in this manner. (2) Both houses propose an amendment with a two-thirds vote, and three-fourths of the states approve the amendment via ratifying conventions. Only the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, was passed in this manner. (3) Two-thirds of the state legislatures call on Congress to hold a constitutional convention, and three-fourths of the state legislatures approve the amendment. (4) Two-thirds of the state legislatures call on Congress to hold a constitutional convention, and three-fourths of the states approve the amendment  via ratifying conventions.

Laurence E. Block, Annapolis