Armed Protests and Religious Freedom

It seems that some people choose to exercise their First and Second Amendment rights concurrently.  In other words, there seems to be a trend of armed protests, where guns are openly carried — especially when protesting religions.

Armed protests in Phoenix, Arizona1 and now Irving, Texas2 are being held outside mosques.  Protesters argue it is their First Amendment right to free speech and their Second Amendment right to bear arms protects their rights to armed protests.

It is an interesting constitutional question.  Does the introduction of guns to a protest change the constitutional protections?

*** It should be noted that I when I refer to armed protests in this article, I am only speaking about protests where guns are openly carried.

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