Dems press on ‘assault weapons’ in Day 3 of Kavanaugh hearings (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, asked Kavanaugh why the country’s largest gun rights organization would want to see him on the bench. (Photo: CSPAN/Screen capture)
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings on Thursday saw a number of Senators ask about his take on the nation’s gun laws.
Kavanaugh, who sits on the federal appeals court for the DC Circuit, has been tapped by President Trump to replace recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. On his third day before the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, he responded to a host of questions from the bipartisan group.
Echoing concerns about the constitutionality of a ban on assault weapons asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday, other committee Dems pressed the nominee Thursday on his stance that semi-auto rifles were in common use, thus making them protected by the Second Amendment.
“Wouldn’t the common sense rule that you stressed in your opening statement — at a time when so many innocent people are being killed with guns — suggest that we ought to be mindful that the Second Amendment is not a suicide pact,” asked Dick Durbin, of Illinois. “We ought to make America safe and to find a construction of this which sets you apart