Amy’s Got a Gun: In Senate Hearing, Barrett Tackles Second Amendment and Says She Owns a Firearm

SHARE ON: In a Senate confirmation hearing brimming with five-minute pronouncements about Obamacare, abortion rights and same-sex marriage, five words from Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett told gun-rights activists that they can rest easy. “We do own a gun,” Barrett said Tuesday of herself and her husband Jesse. She would later defend her minority opinion in a Wisconsin case, that nonviolent felons are entitled to own a gun under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, asked whether Barrett would be able to “fairly decide a case even though you own a gun.” “Judges can’t wake up one day and say ‘I have an agenda,’ ‘I like guns,’ ‘I hate guns,’ ‘I like abortion,’ ‘I hate abortion,’ and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world,” Barrett said. Justices must wait for active legal cases “to wind their way through the process,” she said, referring to cases that can spend years advancing through state courts, federal district courts and federal circuit courts of appeal. Organizations that advocate for stricter government control of gun ownership in the U.S. said Tuesday that they oppose Barrett’s nomination. Gun safety advocates rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court before during oral arguments in the Second Amendment case NY State Rifle & Pistol v. City of New York, NY on December 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. Several gun owners and the NRA’s New York affiliate challenged […]

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