Barrett espouses ‘hard-right view of the Second Amendment,’ Senate Dems complain

Barrett espouses 'hard-right view of the Second Amendment,' Senate Dems complain

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in this file photo. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool) **FILE** 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 more than one-year imprisonment. Though, the statute does allow for some exceptions like petitioning the attorney general to have the right restored. Kanter claimed the law violated his Second Amendment right, but a three-judge panel on the 7th Circuit sided with the government in a 2-1 ruling, saying there was […]

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