Oath or affirmation

from United States Congress (Ft. James Madison & Thomas Jefferson) – The U.S. Constitution (Bill Of Rights) on Rap Genius

Meaning

If an officer is willing to “swear out a warrant” they must pledge that the person/place/thing in question is what/where they say it is, and acknowledge they are telling the truth, under the penalty of the law. It prevents frivolous warrants and helps keep law enforcement away from being stuck serving warrants all day and all night long. An affirmation is the same but religion neutral so those who do not have a religion or are not Christian will not have to swear on the bible.

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