Sen. Dick Durbin asks Supreme Court nominee Barrett if she places restoring gun rights to felons above restoring voting rights

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, citing Chicago’s history of gun violence, asked Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday whether she considered restoring gun ownership to felons a greater right than restoring their ability to vote. Citing her dissent in a Wisconsin case while on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Durbin said Barrett indicated that only felons convicted of violent crimes should lose gun rights granted by states, though he said that studies have shown those who have committed felonies of any kind have a propensity to commit violent crimes in the future. Barrett said her dissent in the case meant that government should determine the dangerousness of the felon seeking to have their gun rights restored. “I think we could all agree we ought to be careful that saying because someone is a felon they lose any of their individual rights simply because someone has a felony conviction," she said. Questioning Barrett on the second day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Durbin noted that more than 3,200 people had been shot in Chicago this year and that a previous city gun-trace report showed the majority of illegal firearms that had been recovered came from states such as Indiana, where Barrett lives. He said gun shows in places including Gary, Indiana, sell firearms without background checks. "Unfortunately, these gangbangers and thugs fill up the trunks of their cars with firearms and head into the city of Chicago and kill everyone from infants […]

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