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The Constitution doesn't have laws, it has enumerated powers or guaranteed rights. Laws are created based upon their Constitutional basis. There are limited and enumerated powers given to the government, and the guaranteed rights citizens have throughout all states.

So, for example, the fact that Congress shall have power to provide and maintain a Navy (A 1 Sec 8) does not mean they must. They have the power to, because it was enumerated in the Constitution, and now they have the right/obligation to make laws and create an organization to carry out that power (again, it is not a mandate, but a guaranteed power of the government per the Constitution).

Additionally, there are the Bill of Rights. Some say, why do we need guaranteed rights if the Constitution says the rights belong to the people unless specified in the Constitution? The answer would be, because the Constitution allows for states to have a government like the Federal Government (A 4 Sec 4), including the ability to write laws.

So the government wanted to guarantee, that no matter which state you go to, there are some things that cannot be compromised, including your speech, ability to own a firearm, safety from improper search and seizure, etc etc.

The whole reason the enumerated and delegated powers amendments were created were to make clear that all rights belong to the people and those rights flow upward, citizen, state, federal. Of course when power is relinquished to government, that power flows downward in supremacy, federal, state, local, citizen.

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Many people ask this question. Actually.... no one knows how many laws exist-- not an exact number!

Federal Laws

According to one website, there are two major 'book sets' listing Federal laws, the United States Code and the Statutes at Large?. "According to the Government Printing Office, "the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress." The laws are arranged by public law number and are published in the Statutes at Large. The set also includes concurrent resolutions, proclamations, proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution, and reorganization plans. Until 1948, treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also published in the Statutes at Large. This set is organized by year. So, if you are interested in locating the laws of passed in 1996 you need to consult the volumes for that year." - see the website: blogs.loc.gov/law/2013/03/frequent-reference-question-how-many-federal-laws-are-there/

In these two books are thousands upon thousands of federal laws. But no one has ever just made a list of the laws. It would be a very, very long list.

Lawyers keep Law volumes in their offices or a Law Library so the attorney can look up laws. NO lawyers will ever remember all the laws in force in any year.

STATE LAWS

In addition to Federal, there are also State Laws. Again, no one made one long numbered list of them, but it would be thousands at least.

COUNTY / PARISH LAWS

These are in addition to Federal and State. No list has been made.

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The Constitution is a law, one law. It describes how the government of the United States is to be organized, including how other laws are to be made. In the Bill of Rights, it also guarantees certain rights to the states and to individual citizens.

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This is an unanswerable question. The federal government, the state governments, the county governments, the city governments, and the municipality governments, ALL publish laws, rules, and regulations. Thereofre the answer is unknowable.

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Thousands if not more. It hard to have exact number as there are Federal, State, County(Borough/Parish), and City/Town laws. Many of these laws overlap between the jurisdictions. Also on the more local level laws are created and removed on sometimes weekly basis.

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In addition to numerous Federal laws, each state has laws and ordinances related to firearms. I have not counted the individual state laws, but my reference book of state laws is 498 PAGES of laws.

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There are at least 20,000 Federal laws regarding just the use and ownership of guns.

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