First Amendment

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an amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing the right of free expression

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A crying need for decades and a great place to start would be the Equal Rights Amendment, first drafted 83 years ago.
The motor vehicle exception to the Fourth Amendment, first recognized by the Supreme Court in Carroll v.
Because in recent history, courts (and various heads of the Justice Department) have reversed themselves in their interpretation of the Second Amendment, first deciding that it was an individual right and then deciding that it was a "collective" or state's right, and then back again, the Office of Legal Counsel examined the "Amendment's text, as commonly understood at the time of its adoption and interpreted in light of other provisions of the Constitution and the Amendment's historical antecedents, to discern its proper meaning.
Given the evolution of firearm technology since 1791 and the lack of Supreme Court guidance in interpreting the Second Amendment, First Amendment standards announced by the Court and applied to rapidly advancing media and communications technologies are the most logical place to look to begin to interpret the right to keep and bear arms of modern design.
of Oklahoma Press, 1979) (describing the ultimate rejection of amendment, first proposed by the South Carolina ratification convention and later considered in the House and, Senate during debates over the bill of rights, that would have inserted the word "other" before "religious" in Article VI and would thus have converted the oath into a religious test).