Q&A: Gun Rights, The US Supreme Court And Barrett’s Potential Role

Q&A: Gun Rights, The US Supreme Court And Barrett's Potential Role

The nation’s attention will undoubtedly turn to the U.S. Senate this month, where the Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on President Donald Trump’s latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Should Judge Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed, as many pundits expect , she may play a key role in cases ranging from health care to gun rights. ideastream’s Matt Richmond spoke with All Things Considered Host Tony Ganzer about how her appointment could affect gun rights and the Second Amendment. So what do we know about Judge Barrett’s approach to gun rights? There’s one case from her time on the Court of Appeals in D.C., the Kanter case , and she wrote a dissent arguing that a felon who was convicted of Medicare fraud should have his right to own a gun reinstated. The rationale was that he wasn’t a violent felon, so there was no good reason to take away his Second Amendment right. Gun rights supporters have in recent years looked at issues dealing with the core right of being able to access and carry a weapon, including outside the home, out in public. Is there anything in her record on those kinds of rights? First, she identifies closely with Justice Antonin Scalia , who was the author of the Heller decision , which guaranteed the right to own a gun in the home. The court had never identified that right in the Second Amendment before then. “I clerked for Justice Scalia more than 20 years ago,” […]

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