While the rash of coronavirus cases in the White House may have upended election events and halted stymied political processes all around, it’s not slowing the push to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, with the Senate Judiciary Committee set to begin the formal confirmation hearings on Monday. And when it comes to the matter of gun control, her admission to the bench is poised to shake up the status quo — with or without a second Trump term. So, where does Judge Barrett stand in regard to the Second Amendment?
“Judge Barrett, unlike many of her colleagues on the circuit courts, takes the Second Amendment seriously, using the text, structure, and history of the Constitution to understand and apply the rights protected,” Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review, told Fox News. “If she is confirmed, John Roberts would no longer be the median or deciding vote on this issue, among others, so we can expect the court to finally start fleshing out the scope of the right to keep and bear arms and give lower courts guidance on how to evaluate Second Amendment challenges.” [full article]