Mike Lee probes how far attorney general nominee Merrick Garland might push gun control

Mike Lee probes how far attorney general nominee Merrick Garland might push gun control

Garland says he would advance policy preferences of administration that are consistent with the law. (Demetrius Freeman | The Washington Post via AP pool) Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judicary Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Mike Lee once helped block Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama. On Monday, he probed how far Garland — now nominated as attorney general — might push a gun control agenda under President Joe Biden. In a confirmation hearing, the Utah Republican told Garland, who has been a federal appeals court judge for 25 years, that as attorney general he would “have a significant impact on policy. So, let’s talk about policy as it relates to the Second Amendment” right to bear arms. During his campaign, Biden vowed to ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, pushing universal background checks on gun buyers, and holding gun manufacturers liable for misuse of their products. So, Lee asked Garland’s view on each of those. “As I’m sure you know, the president is a strong supporter of gun control and has been an advocate for all of his life,” Garland told Lee. “The role of the Justice Department is to advance the policy program of the administration as long as it is consistent with the law.” When Lee asked if Garland supports banning certain types of firearms, he responded, “Where […]

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