Democratic Senator Worries SCOTUS Is Planning To “Rewrite” Second Amendment

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( – On Sunday, June 16, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) argued during a CNN “State of the Union” interview with Jake Tapper that the Supreme Court appears to be ready to “rewrite” the Second Amendment. He expressed worries about the fact that the Court opted to strike down the bump stocks ban. 

Murphy indicated he’s concerned that the Supreme Court will take action to restrict Congress’ power to regulate firearms. He said he feels the High Court has been showing that they are preparing to “fundamentally rewrite” the Constitution’s Second Amendment and restrict Congress’ ability to take simple actions, such as requiring background checks or working to ban firearms like AR-15s.

Murphy added that he believes the Supreme Court will make it hard for both Congress and state legislatures to exercise gun control and “keep our communities and schools safe.”

On Friday, June 14, the court struck down the Trump-era ban that prohibits the use of bump stocks, which can change semi-automatic weapons to into firearms that can unload hundreds of rounds in one minute. The Biden administration defended the Trump administration’s regulation, which had been implemented following the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. Authorities have reported that the shooter during that incident used guns with bump stocks in order to wound hundreds of people and kill 60. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had these sorts of devices classified as machine guns, which prohibited people from being in possession of them. SCOTUS argued that the ATF law went too far, and Justice Samuel Alito recommended that Congress amend the law.

Lawmakers attempted to pass a bump stock ban this week by unanimous consent, but one Republican Senator blocked it. 

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