Senate Democrats: Amy Coney Barrett has 'hard-right view of the Second Amendment'

Senate Democrats: Amy Coney Barrett has 'hard-right view of the Second Amendment'


Senate Democrats targeted Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s record on the Second Amendment Thursday, saying she would make the country less safe by shooting down common-sense gun control laws if confirmed to the high court.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said President Trump’s nominee has an “extremist, hard-right view of the Second Amendment,” arguing she would oppose universal background checks.

The Connecticut Democrat pointed to a dissent Judge Barrett authored while sitting on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case brought by a non-violent felon who challenged a law removing his ability to possess a firearm.

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Rickey Kanter, the plaintiff, had been convicted of mail fraud, a non-violent crime, and served his time and paid his fines. But as a result of the conviction, he could not own a firearm based on both Wisconsin and federal laws that take away gun ownership rights from people convicted of a crime that requires

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