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What Are Constitutional Rights?

A country may have a constitution, a fundamental body of laws that dictate how a government is to administer and preside over its country. Each nation or state may have its own constitution, these fundamental laws may be the same in most and some may be absolutely different from every other constitution. This constitution provides the individuals under its government’s jurisdiction with certain privileges and freedoms that are basic and intrinsic to these individuals. These privileges and freedoms are called constitutional rights as they are derived from the constitution. These rights cannot be denied and they establish a person’s citizenship within a nation or state. Constitutional rights are derived from the constitution, most commonly in an explicit, written manner or in an implicit way.

In the United States, American citizens are the basis of such constitutional rights along with the Bill of Rights, a set of amendments made to the US Constitution. This Bill of Rights is an example of constitutional rights that outline the privileges and freedoms that every American within the jurisdiction of the United States of America is to enjoy and never to be denied of. An example of such constitutional rights include the right of suffrage, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms. The United States as a federal government also has state constitutions, which can provide for additional rights or protection to individuals who reside within the state’s jurisdiction. However, it is possible for individuals to be deprived of their constitutional rights if they have committed an offense of a severe nature.

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