Barrett admits to owning a gun, says she can set aside beliefs to rule on 2nd Amendment fairly

Barrett admits to owning a gun, says she can set aside beliefs to rule on 2nd Amendment fairly

Should Supreme Court nomination hearings be put to an end? Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett admitted during the second day of her confirmation hearing that her family owns a gun — but maintained that it would not hamper her ability to fairly decide a case on the Second Amendment . "When it comes to your personal views about this topic, do you own a gun?" Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asked Barrett at the start of the hearing. "We do own a gun," she said. DEMS FRAME AMY CONEY BARRETT AS THREAT TO OBAMACARE DURING CONFIRMATION HEARING Pressed by Graham whether she believed she could "fairly decide a case even though you own a gun," Barrett responded: "Yes." "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," she said. "You have to wait for cases and controversies, which is the language of the Consitution, to wind their way through the process." The Supreme Court has largely avoided taking on major cases involving the Second Amendment since 2008, when the nation’s highest court ruled that people have a right to keep handguns in their homes to defend themselves. But gun control advocates worry that if Barrett wins Senate confirmation, tilting the Supreme Court 6-3 in favor of conservatives, the court’s approach to the Second Amendment could see a major […]

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