Celebrate the birthday of the United States Government at The College of the Florida Keys’ Constitution Day event on Tuesday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the library on the Key West Campus. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, thus laying the foundation of our government, rights, and freedoms.
Monroe County Assistant State Attorney Val Winter will lead this year’s program, which focuses on Florida’s new “red flag” law. Passed after the Parkland school shooting, the “red flag” law authorizes law enforcement to seek risk protection orders to confiscate guns of individuals deemed to be a risk to others or themselves. Winter will talk about the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms in the context of “red flag” laws and modern day shooting events.
Coordinated by CFK Business Law instructor and attorney Stephen Muffler, the College’s Constitution Day activities aim to educate the public on their rights under the Constitutional Amendments and encourage habits of being a good citizen.
“The U.S. Constitution is the blue print of our country, market system, and free society,” said Muffler. “It acts as the common denominator for all Americans, regardless of our differences.”
Constitution Day attendees will receive free pocket Constitutions donated by the City of Key West’s Citizens Review Board. Attendees will also learn how to register to vote with the help of representatives from the League of Women Voters.
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