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GUEST OPINION: Look to the First Amendment to know the Second

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By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
First Amendment Center
The First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are usually related only by their proximity in the Bill of Rights.

But the connection actually runs much deeper. Courts are using standards from First Amendment law and applying them in Second Amendment cases.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just did this in its Oct. 25 decision in National Rifle Association v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.


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