Difference Between Right and Law?

A Constitution is founded on the principle that all citizens have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Rights are often defined as legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement. The Bill of Rights was included in the US Constitution to define the rights of citizens further and to prohibit Congress from making laws that restrict those rights.

Law is a rule of conduct with binding legal force and effect which is recognized and enforced by a government or controlling authority. Laws can be amended and changed over time. Federal laws apply to everyone in the United States. “State and local laws can vary by location and apply to people who live and work in a particular state, town, county, city, or municipality.” Says Attorney Miya Griggs.

Common Federal Laws



Social Security:

Anti-Discrimination and Civil Rights:

State and Federal Taxes:

National Minimum Drinking Age:

Common Rights

  • Freedom of religion — the right to practice whatever religion you choose
  • Freedom of the press — the right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the government.
  • Freedom to gather or assemble in public places — the right to peacefully assemble, collectively express, and petition the government for a redress of grievance
  • Right to bear arms — in most cases, under a well-regulated militia, you have the right to keep and bear arms
  • Right to due process — the legal requirement that the state must respect all legal rights that are owed to a person

Originally Posted: https://attorneymiyagriggs.wordpress.com/2021/02/21/difference-between-right-and-law/

Attorney Miya Griggs is a business professional with over 10 years’ worth of experience in complex litigation and project management.

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