Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh could have impact on gun laws

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WASHINGTON (News4Utah)- Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy says the stakes are high when it comes to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“If Kavanaugh gets on the Supreme Court and he convinces a couple other justices of his radical views of the Second Amendment people are going to get killed,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

If confirmed – Murphy says Kavanaugh will be a radical on the court when it comes to healthcare, women’s rights, and guns.

“It’s likely that he believes that the legislatures in states like Connecticut cannot pass laws to try to regulate the sales of guns in any meaningful way, we know that he thinks assault weapons bans are unconstitutional,” said Murphy.

Avery Gardiner with the Brady Campaign warns against Kavanaugh.

“The reason judge Kavanaugh is so dangerous is that he has said he will take the opposite position and he will strike down laws like assault weapons ban,” Gardiner said.

The Brady Campaign says Judge Kavanaugh owes the American people an explanation of what he thinks the Second Amendment does and doesn’t cover, but the Heritage Foundation says Kavanaugh isn’t a radical on the Second Amendment.

“This may seem according to some gun control advocates as though it’s some sort of extremist position but in reality what Judge Kavanaugh was doing was saying ‘Look, I as a lower court judge I am bound by the precedent of the Supreme Court it’s my job to apply that faithfully to apply it consistently and when I do that I simply can’t conclude that this is a constitutional policy that you’re enacting’,” said Amy Swearer, Legal Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation.

Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings will begin on September 4th, before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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