Fact Check: Dick Blumenthal Misquotes Judge Amy Coney Barrett Opinion in Kanter on Felons and Firearms

Fact Check: Dick Blumenthal Misquotes Judge Amy Coney Barrett Opinion in Kanter on Felons and Firearms


CLAIM: Judge Amy Coney Barrett said in Kanter v. Barr that “It sounds kind of radical to say felons can have firearms.”

VERDICT: FALSE. Sen. Dick Blumenthal (D-CT) was quoting a speech, not a judicial opinion — and he did so out of context.

Sen. Blumenthal tried to portray Judge Barrett as “radical” on the question of the Second Amendment during her confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

In so doing, he challenged her dissent in Kanter v. Barr, in which she argued — based on an originalist reading of statutes and precedents — that while the government had a strong interest in keeping guns out of the hands of violent felons, the scope of that power had not been interpreted in the past to include non-violent felons as well, absent a showing that they would be dangerous.

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The following exchange occurred:

Blumenthal: In fact, you characterized it

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