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HR 347 Does it or doesn't it affect the 1st Amendment?
It Does Not: Rep. Jeff Duncan (3-SC) says, " Any rumor that the bill restricts free speech rights or criminalizes protesting is simply incorrect."
It Does: ACLU: Also, while H.R. 347, on its own, is only of incremental importance, it could be misused as part of a larger move by the Secret Service and others to suppress lawful protest by relegating it to particular locations at a public event. These "free speech zones" are frequently used to target certain viewpoints or to keep protesters away from the cameras. Although H.R. 347 doesn't directly address free speech zones, it is part of the set of laws that make this conduct possible, and should be seen in this context.
Rest assured we'll be keeping an eye on how this law will be interpreted and used by law enforcement — especially in light of the coming elections.&q
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