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John Lott: SCOTUS Pick a 'Clear Second Amendment Backer'

By: Teresa Mull

President Trump has officially chosen Amy Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, writes for Real Clear Politics that Barrett supports the Second Amendment:

The Second Amendment is hanging in the balance, and Trump’s Supreme Court nomination this Saturday will determine its fate. All of Trump’s likely nominees – 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 11th Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa and 4th Circuit Judge Allison Jones Rushing – would likely be strong on this issue. But Barrett has the clearest record, having actually ruled on such cases. Barrett is also the most feared by liberals, some of whom concede that she has “a topnotch legal mind.”
Barrett sets a higher bar for regulations. In Kanter v. Barr (2019), she had no problem with banning gun ownership by those who have a demonstrated tendency toward violence. But when it comes to constitutional rights, absent any evidence of the effectiveness of such a ban, Barrett argued that a blanket rule which applies even to nonviolent felons would be going too far. Barrett's careful analysis of the history of gun regulations reveals a formidable legal mind.
She powerfully uses the claims of liberals to show their inconsistencies, writing that the definition of nonviolent felonies is “wildly overinclusive,” even covering people convicted of redeeming large quantities of out-of-state bottle deposits in Michigan.

Teresa Mull (teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.

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