Barrett: I Own a Gun But It Won’t Influence My Legal Opinions

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Amy Coney Barrett. Photo by Van Huy Nguyen via Flickr

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said Tuesday during the second day of her confirmation hearing that her family owns a gun  but maintained that it would not hamper her ability to fairly decide a case on the Second Amendment, Fox News reports.

“When it comes to your personal views about this topic, do you own a gun?” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Barrett.  “We do own a gun,” she said.

Pressed by Graham whether she believed she could “fairly decide a case even though you own a gun,” Barrett responded: “Yes.”

“Judges can’t wake up one day and say I have an agenda, I like guns, I hate guns; I like abortion, I hate abortion; and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world,” she said.

“You have to wait for cases and controversies, which is the language of the Constitution, to wind their way through the process.”

The Supreme Court has largely avoided taking on major cases involving the Second Amendment since 2008, when the court ruled that people have a right to keep handguns in their homes to defend themselves.

Gun control advocates worry that if Barrett wins Senate confirmation, tilting the Supreme Court 6-3 in favor of conservatives, the court’s approach to the Second Amendment could see a major shift. On Monday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) accused Barrett of having “radical” and “activist” views on the Second Amendment).

Barrett’s record on the Second Amendment is thin; she has just one opinion on the issue, a dissent in 2019 in a case before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barrett In a dissent, argued that the Constitution did not intend to deny gun ownership to all criminals, just those who could be dangerous.

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