How ‘red flag’ laws violate the Bill of Rights

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Most people now understand that “red flag” laws violate the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and many Republicans, including the president, now seem willing to join Democrats, after the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Denton, Texas, by left-and right wing extremists, to put dents in the Second Amendment hoping these laws “might” somehow help. But few people realize that they also virtually emasculate the Bill of Rights. What follows are the amendments “red flag” laws damage and how. In the First Amendment, “red flag” laws encourage “police-led searches” of people’s social media, thus effectively “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” that is constitutionally protected. Disagreeable speech is labeled “hate” speech, thus potentially
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