Amy Coney Barrett: 2nd Amendment Is an 'Individual Right'

Amy Coney Barrett: 2nd Amendment Is an 'Individual Right'


During Wednesday confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) read from Barrett’s dissent in Kanter v. Barr (2019), noting that she holds “the Second Amendment confers an individual right.”

Breitbart News reported Durbin was questioning Barrett’s position on voting rights when he alluded to Kanter.

The Kanter case was brought by a non-violent felon, Rickey Kanter, who fought “felon dispossession statutes” on grounds that he thought he ought not be prohibited from exercising his Second Amendment rights after paying fines and serving a year in prison for a mail fraud scheme.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected Kanter’s contention, but Barrett dissented.

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As Durbin noted, Barrett used her dissent to make clear that she holds Second Amendment rights to be “individual,” in nature.

A careful reading of Barrett’s dissent shows her rejection of the collectivist view of the Second

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