“Judges can’t wake up one day and say I have an agenda, I like guns, I hate guns, I like abortion, I hate abortion and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world,” she said. “You have to wait for cases and controversies, which is the language of the Consitution, to wind their way through the process.”
The Supreme Court has largely avoided taking on major cases involving the Second Amendment since 2008, when the nation’s highest court ruled that people have a right to keep handguns in their homes to defend themselves.
But gun control advocates worry that if Barrett wins Senate confirmation, tilting the Supreme Court 6-3 in favor of conservatives, the court’s approach to the Second Amendment could see a major shift. (During day one of the confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., accused Barrett of having “radical” and “activist” views on the Second Amendment).
“If your views on the Second Amendment are adopted by the Supreme Court, it would imperil common-sense state laws like Connecticut’s all around the country,” Blumenthal said.
Barrett’s record on the Second Amendment is thin; she has just one opinion on the issue, a dissent in 2019 in a case before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.