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DC – COURTS – Judge Barrett espouses ‘hard-right view of the Second Amendment,’ Dems warn.

Senate Democrats on Thursday warned that Judge Amy Coney Barrett would reject gun control measures and make America less safe if she were confirmed to the Supreme Court. The attack on Judge Barrett’s handling of Second Amendment cases opened a new front in Democrats’ bid to discredit her ahead of confirmation hearings scheduled to begin Monday. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, said she has an “extremist, hard-right view of the Second Amendment,” arguing she would oppose universal background checks. Mr. Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will grill Judge Barrett next week, criticized a dissent she wrote while sitting on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the case, Judge Barrett disagreed with the ruling to uphold a law that prohibited a nonviolent felon from possessing a firearm. Mr. Blumenthal said her position was more extreme than her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote District of Columbia v. Heller, which overturned the city’s near-complete ban on gun ownership. “She would go much farther than her mentor Justice Scalia did in striking down common-sense measures,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “We need to make sure Amy Coney Barrett is shown for what she is.”  [full article]

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