Gun Control Groups Voice ‘Grave Concerns’ About Supreme Court Nominee’s Record

Gun Control Groups Voice 'Grave Concerns' About Supreme Court Nominee's Record

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, pictured at the White House on Sept. 26, is President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — and she has gun control groups worried. President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court says she shares the outlook of her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. But on the issue of the Second Amendment, Amy Coney Barrett seems to have staked out an even more conservative position. That’s got gun control advocates warning that big changes could be on the way if Barrett gets confirmed. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled people have a right to keep handguns at home to defend themselves. Since that time, the high court has mostly avoided taking on new gun cases, refusing to hear 10 such lawsuits in June alone. "The Supreme Court has been derelict in not fleshing out the scope of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms," said Ilya Shapiro, who publishes the Supreme Court Review at the libertarian Cato Institute. But if Barrett wins Senate confirmation, the court’s approach to the Second Amendment could be in for a big shift. Kris Brown, president of Brady United Against Gun Violence, said she has "grave concerns" about that prospect. "There’s a whole host of public safety bills and laws that we’ve had in effect for a quarter century, including the Brady background check system, that we are concerned about with her on the court," Brown said. Brown isn’t just speculating. In 2019, in a case before the U.S. Court […]

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