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.
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