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Sen. Murphy Says Kavanaugh Poses Grave Threat To Gun Control

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Jacquelyn Martin
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Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut called President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a Second Amendment radical and said he could set back progress states have made on gun control legislation.

Murphy referenced a dissenting opinion Kavanaugh wrote in a 2008 gun case in which the Supreme Court nominee wrote that Washington, D.C.’s ban on semi-automatic rifles was unconstitutional and that he wanted to strike down the city’s gun registration system.

“Given his history as being an activist Second Amendment extremist, I think he is going to try to push the court to take another look at how it interprets the Second Amendment.”

Murphy said that Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would try to invalidate gun control laws passed around the country, like those passed in Connecticut in 2013 in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. That’s when the state banned assault weapons and high capacity magazines and required background checks on all gun sales.