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Sen. Murphy Rallies Against The Gun Lobby Outside Supreme Court

Susan Walsh
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks at a protest outside the Supreme Court on Monday, during arguments in the first gun rights case before the court in nine years.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut rallied with dozens of lawmakers and gun violence prevention advocates outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

The protest came before the court heard oral arguments in its first gun rights case in over a decade. In the case, the New York chapter of the National Rifle Association is challenging a New York City law that limits who can bring guns into the city. 

Murphy says the gun lobby is scared of voters. 

“They’re going to try and get the courts to protect them because the voters won’t protect them any longer, because we, for the first time in a long time, we the anti-gun violence movement are finally stronger than the gun lobby is.”

He says a Supreme Court decision that sides with the gun lobby could put all gun safety laws at risk.

“They want to take our right away to make change, to pass laws that actually makes our streets safer. They want to take our right away, and we’re not going to let them do that.” 

Murphy was speaking alongside gun violence survivors who work with Everytown for Gun Safety and several other advocacy groups.  

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