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May I distribute leaflets and other literature on public sidewalks?

Answer

Yes. You may approach pedestrians on public sidewalks with leaflets, newspapers, petitions, and solicitations for donations without a permit. You may also set up a table on a sidewalk for these purposes if there is sufficient room for pedestrians to pass. These types of free speech activities are legal as long as entrances to buildings are not blocked and passers-by are not physically and maliciously detained. However, a permit may be required to set up a table or post signs. To avoid penalties for littering, make sure to properly dispose of any excess leaflets or other materials.