Fact Check: Amy Coney Barrett Did Not Write ‘Radical’ In Gun Rights Dissent

Fact Check: Amy Coney Barrett Did Not Write ‘Radical’ In Gun Rights Dissent


Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut mischaracterized Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s dissent in a gun rights case and misattributed her use of the word “radical” regarding the opinion.

“Your opinion in Kanter goes farther than Justice Scalia in Heller,” Blumenthal said. “You characterized it as kind of radical. It is, in effect, an outlier and it is, in fact, radical.”

“Did I say it was radical in the opinion?” Barrett questioned.

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Despite Barrett’s pushback, Blumnethal insisted the quote could be attributed to her written dissent in the Kanter v. Barr case, in which Barrett argues the law does not require stripping non-violent felons of their gun rights.

“I think you said ‘It sounds kind of radical to say felons can have firearms.’ That’s a direct quote,” Blumenthal claimed.

“I did not remember that particular language,” she replied. “I just don’t recall it.”

Barrett, who used no notes during her second day of prolonged Senate confirmation hearings, was correct

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