U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said that Supreme Court action against “assault weapons” bans would lead to a “popular revolt,” adding that the court is “already pretty illegitimate.”
Murphy told Meet The Press host Chuck Todd that he is confident in an eventual victory for the gun control movement. He pointed to red states, such as Tennessee, considering the implementation of red-flag laws, which would allow gun confiscation from individuals deemed dangerous. Gun rights advocates have argued that such laws violate the Second Amendment and could easily be abused.
Murphy, one of Washington D.C.’s most ardent gun control advocates, also pointed to last year’s gun control deal in which 15 Republican senators voted with their Democrat colleagues. The bill significantly changed the process of purchasing a weapon for individuals between the ages of 18 and 21, expanded background checks and provided incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
“I think our movement is in a position to win. Does it worry me, what some of these district courts are doing? Absolutely, but right now, I think our focus has got to be about growing the movement and continuing to capitalize on the progress of last year,” Murphy said.
Chuck Todd then stated that there will likely be Supreme Court rulings on certain aspects of the legislation. “You’re probably not going to be able to regulate much having to do with access to the guns by anybody over 18,” Todd said.
“Well listen, if the Supreme Court eventually says that states or the congress, can’t pass universal background checks or can’t take these assault weapons off the streets, I think there’s going to be a popular revolt over that policy,” Murphy said. “A court that is already pretty illegitimate is going to be in full crisis mode.”
Democrat Chris Murphy predicts "a popular revolt" if the Supreme Court rules that Leftists in Congress can't take away your Second Amendment rights. pic.twitter.com/aVermEVaXS
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) May 14, 2023