Looking at previous Amy Coney Barrett cases involving abortion, gun rights

Looking at previous Amy Coney Barrett cases involving abortion, gun rights

Judge Amy Coney Barrett during Senate confirmation hearings. (Getty Images) Like many Supreme Court nominees, Amy Coney Barrett is not in the habit of giving answers on current issues, which tends to cause people to take a look at how she ruled on past cases. Former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna joined Seattle’s Morning News to discuss what we can glean from them. One of the cases that keeps coming up is Kanter v. Barr , a case about the right of a felon to have gun rights restored, and in which Barrett was dissenting. Kanter had been selling therapeutic shoe inserts that were not approved and getting Medicare reimbursement for them. “Clearly a menace to society,” McKenna joked. “So Kanter had his gun ownership taken away from him after he was convicted of a non-violent felony for mail fraud. And he argued that being convicted of a non-violent felony shouldn’t automatically disqualify someone from owning a gun. It was a three judge panel — as usual in the court of appeals — two judges agreed with the Trump administration’s arguments that this guy could not own a gun under federal or Wisconsin law because of his criminal conviction,” he said. “Judge Barrett wrote a 37 page dissent laying out the history of gun rules for convicted criminals over the last couple of centuries and wrote that while there’s definitely a strong interest in protecting the public from gun violence, the government failed to show, as she put […]

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