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Is Amy Barret’s Position on Felons’ Gun Rights at Odds With Republicans On The Judiciary Committee?

The Left claims that Amy Coney Barrett’s opinion on the Second Amendment rights of convicted nonviolent felons contradicts the party’s position. During the confirmation hearing, Barrett was questioned about her views on the Second Amendment rights of convicted felons.

"I think we could all agree that we ought to be careful of saying that because someone's a felon, they lose any of their individual rights," she said.

Lindsey Graham was among the most prominent Republicans grilling Barrett during the confirmation hearings. Graham was quoted in 2018 opposing the Second Amendment rights of convicted felons.

"If you're a convicted felon, you can't own a gun," Graham said. "You can't buy an automatic weapon unless there's a lot of scrutiny. I think that most Second Amendment people like me understand there's a balance here."

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In 2013 Graham also testified to a judiciary hearing where he said that “one bullet in the hand of a mentally unstable person or a convicted felon is one too many.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, supported the Cruz Task Force and National Project Exile Expansion to prevent felons and fugitives from accessing firearms.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas sponsored the Fix NICS Act to prevent convicted felons from lying to obtain firearms. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo acknowledged that the Second Amendment does not protect felons’ rights to own firearms. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C wanted Congress to pass laws to keep firearms out of “felons and terrorists.”

Evidently, the question on the Republican position on convicted nonviolent felons’ Second Amendment rights is hardly decipherable from the instances where they generally talk about “felons.” This is because the legislators do not distinguish between the violent and nonviolent convicts.

Republicans have been pushing for harsher sentences for violent felons to prevent them from reoffending. However, their attempts to keep dangerous criminals behind bars have been met with opposition from the Democrats who wish to keep violent criminals on the streets. The only conclusion that we can certainly make is that Republicans, including Barret, do not support arming violent offenders.


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