Durbin presses Barrett on rights of felons to own guns and to vote

Durbin presses Barrett on rights of felons to own guns and to vote

During the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Dick Durbin questions her about the rights of felons to own firearms and to vote. Video Transcript SEN. DICK DURBIN: But let me bring it closer to home and tie up the George Floyd question with where I’m headed. There’s also a question as to whether the commission of a felony disqualifies you from voting in America. And the history on that is pretty clear. In an article, the "American Journal of Sociology" found that many felony voting bans were passed in the late 1860s and 1870s when implementation of the 15th Amendment and its extension of voting rights to African-Americans were ardently contested. It still goes on today with voter suppression, but we know that in reconstruction, in the Jim Crow era, in black coded era, that was used. A felony conviction was used to disqualify African-Americans from voting in the South and in many other places. The Sentencing Project today has found that more than six million Americans can’t vote because of a felony conviction and one out of every 13 Black Americans have lost their voting rights. The reason I raise that is that in your dissent, you said disqualifying a person from voting because of a simple– because of a felony is OK, but when it comes to the possession of firearms, wait a minute. We’re talking about the individual right of a Second Amendment. What we’re talking about in […]

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