The War of 1812 (Chronicle of America's Wars)

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These exceptions did not need to be specifically noted in the Constitution, since they were obvious and traditional: The law is perfectly well settled that the first ten amendments to the Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights, were not intended to lay down any novel principles of government, but simply to embody certain guaranties and immunities which we had inherited from our English ancestors, and which had from time immemorial been subject to certain well-recognized exceptions arising from the necessities of the case. (624) The Court went on to add that these exceptions constituted such things as legislation prohibiting libel, which does not abridge the First Amendment freedom of speech, and the prohibition of carrying concealed weapons, which does not infringe the right to keep and bear arms. (625) The Court's statement about the Second Amendment indicates that the Court believed the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

Pages: 80

Publisher: Lerner Publications (April 1, 2004)

ISBN: 0822508001

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