Q: Can I stand on a median or freeway exit a with sign?
I would like to know a section code or ordinance that makes panhandling illegal which is protected by the 1st amendment
A: This is the first amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. There is nothing in there that gives you the right to beg for money (panhandling). Wanna hold a sign somewhere, go hold a sign somewhere - wanna beg for money especially aggressively and you will possibly go to jail and rightly so. Cities and towns are actually taking a new approach, making it illegal to give panhandlers money Fayetteville and Charlotte have done this - seems to be working in Fayetteville as to the exact ordinances - you'd have to look those up yourself.
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