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The Right to Bear Cameras

The Right to Bear Cameras

(Kevitivity Photo CC By 2.0 License)

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

That’s the protection citizens gained when the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified on December 15, 1791.

That amendment, of course, makes no specific mention of a freedom to photograph. Nearly a decade would pass before anyone tried to create what we might recognize as the photographic process, and over a hundred years would go by before consumers began buying cameras when the first of the Kodak “Brownie” line went on the market.

Now, thanks to the advent of smartphones and digital cameras, thousands if not millions of photographs are created every day by Americans while at home and traveling abroad.

But how free are we to shoot photos in the U.S.A., especially on government property bought and maintained with taxpayer dollars?

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