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Senate Democrat: Supreme Court 'readying to fundamentally rewrite' Second Amendment

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in an interview Sunday that the Supreme Court seems poised to “radically rewrite” the Second Amendment, and expressed concern about the court’s decision to strike down a Trump-era bump stock ban.

In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murphy said he was concerned the Supreme Court would take action to limit Congress’ power over gun control.

Murphy said his biggest concern is that “the Supreme Court, in some of its gun decisions, has shown it is prepared to fundamentally rewrite the Second Amendment and permanently strip Congress of its power to do simple things like require people to do background checks and take dangerous weapons like AR-15s off the streets.”

“So I think this court is going to make it very difficult for Congress and state legislatures to regulate guns and keep our communities and schools safe,” Murphy added.

The Supreme Court on Friday struck down the ban on ideological grounds, ending a nationwide ban on bump stocks, which turn semi-automatic rifles into guns capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute.

The Biden administration defended the ban in the Supreme Court after it was first put into place by the Trump administration in the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, in which the shooter used a gun equipped with a bump stock, killing 60 people and wounding hundreds, authorities said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has classified these devices as machine guns under longstanding federal law, making their possession a crime. The case before the Supreme Court does not violate the Second Amendment.

In a 6-3 decision written by conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that the ATF had overly applied the law. Justice Samuel Alito joined Thomas’ opinion, but separately wrote that a “simple solution” would be for Congress to amend the law to allow a ban on bump stocks.

“It was a Republican administration that banned bump stocks. Republicans in the Senate and House supported it at the time,” Murphy said in an interview Sunday.

“But now we have a Supreme Court that is seeking to completely repeal the Second Amendment and strip Congress and the Executive Branch of their power to keep our communities safe, and they are once again lining up to support the gun industry.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Sunday he plans to vote this week on a bill to ban bump stocks on guns.