Amy Coney Barrett Wants Felons to Have Guns, But Not Votes

Amy Coney Barrett Wants Felons to Have Guns, But Not Votes

A little regarded dissent written by Donald Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee could have a huge impact on voting rights. Like other journalists, I spent the bulk of this past week reviewing the writings and opinions of Amy Coney Barrett, who became President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee on Saturday. Her confirmation by the Senate will cement what the appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh already achieved: a profoundly conservative majority on the nation’s highest court for decades to come. Though Trump may lose the election this fall, his imprint on the federal courts will endure well into the second half of this century. Most of the attention towards Barrett’s paper trail is focused on abortion, and for good reason. Anti-abortion and abortion-rights groups alike expect that she will vote in favor of further restrictions on the procedure, and perhaps even provide a fifth or sixth vote to strike down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey . She is also a public critic of Chief Justice John Roberts’ ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius , the 2012 case where he cast the deciding vote to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That criticism takes on a new light as she is poised to join the court before it hears yet another case that could see the ACA struck down. Her potential impact on cases involving LGBT rights, religious freedom, federal regulations, and other high-profile issues are garnering plenty of public attention as well. But one of […]

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