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Conn. Advocacy Groups Worry About Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett adjusts her face mask during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.
Leah Millis
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Associated Press
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett adjusts her face mask during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday.

Obamacare supporters, anti-gun violence groups and women’s rights advocates in Connecticut oppose President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin in the U.S. Senate this week.

Tom Campbell heads the anti-gun violence group Newtown Action Alliance. He says expanding Connecticut’s strict gun safety laws to other parts of the country would be in jeopardy if Trump’s nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett wins Senate confirmation.

“We’ve had great success on a state level. We’ve had no success in 30 years on the federal level. That’s got to change. This judge is not going to facilitate that change,” Campbell said.

Campbell spoke alongside U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

Blumenthal is a member of the Democratic minority on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He opposes Barrett’s confirmation and said he believes the winner of the November 3 presidential election should be the one to pick a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.