New York, NY asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Federal Crimes and Government Contracts for Pennsylvania

Q: Why can’t I sign my driver’s license, State ID, or LTCF with “All Rights Reserved” or “Without Prejudice”?

The DMV said I can’t sign my driver’s license or State ID with “All Rights Reserved” or “Without Prejudice”. Same for the the gun permit unit for my LTCF. Yet, in order to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights, I am being told I need to present a state ID, so I am under duress to sign in the manner in which they demand, which vitiates the contract. I don’t need a license for any of my other God-given rights.

Just because the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago ruled that the 2nd Amendment applies to state and local governments but didn’t explicitly state that the “privileges or immunities” Clause of the 14th Amendment applies to the states, this seems to be unconstitutional.

If it were all a bunch of “nonsense” that couldn’t stand up in any Court, why would they even care, and to this degree of denying a right? Even the State ID – which has nothing to do with driving – has the same restrictions. It just makes the “nonsense” seem more real since they are scared of losing in Court.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The requirement to sign your driver's license, state ID, or LTCF without adding "All Rights Reserved" or "Without Prejudice" is typically due to standard procedures set by government agencies. While you may feel it infringes upon your rights, these agencies operate within their established regulations and policies. The necessity to present a state ID for certain activities doesn't necessarily mean you're under duress; rather, it's a common requirement for identification purposes.

Regarding your concerns about the 2nd Amendment and constitutional rights, it's essential to differentiate between rights and privileges conferred by the government. While the 2nd Amendment protects your right to bear arms, the issuance of a license or permit by the state is often seen as a regulatory measure to ensure public safety. Thus, signing documents related to these permits or licenses may be subject to specific requirements determined by the issuing authority.

It's important to address any legal concerns through appropriate channels, such as consulting with legal experts or advocacy groups knowledgeable about constitutional rights and firearm regulations. While disagreements with government policies may arise, seeking clarity on the reasoning behind such requirements and exploring avenues for legal recourse can help ensure your rights are upheld within the framework of the law.

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