Blumenthal, Murphy take lead in attacking Supreme Court nominee Barrett on gun case

Blumenthal, Murphy take lead in attacking Supreme Court nominee Barrett on gun case

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett Washington – Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have taken the lead in attacking Judge Amy Coney Barrett on her Second Amendment views, which the senators call “extreme” and “radical.” Barrett, President Trump’s choice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will face challenges from Senate Democrats from many directions. While much of the grilling of Barrett during her confirmation hearings next week will focus on the nominee’s views on abortion and the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the judge, who sits on the 7 th U.S. District Court of Appeals based in Chicago, will also have to answer for a controversial dissent she issued last year. That dissent flies in the face of efforts of Connecticut’s Democratic senators to strengthen FBI background checks of potential gun buyers and fuels their efforts to persuade Americans that Barrett is unfit for the high court. The controversial dissent involves the case of Rickey Kanter, who is challenging laws that ban convicted felons from possessing firearms. Kanter pleaded guilty to federal charges of falsely representing that his Wisconsin-based company’s therapeutic shoe inserts were Medicare-approved and for billing Medicare on that basis. Both federal law and Wisconsin law bar a convicted felon from possessing a firearm. Kanter sued the federal government and the state of Wisconsin to challenge both bans, arguing that they violated his Second Amendment rights. The appeals court rejected his claims, but in Barrett’s lengthy dissent, she maintained that historical evidence […]

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