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Amy Barrett Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Credit: Diego M Radzinschi / ALM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s reluctance to reengage on the Second Amendment may end with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who appears to have an even broader view of gun rights than Justice Antonin Scalia, her mentor and author of the 2008 landmark decision cementing the right to possess a firearm in the home.

Barrett, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, has only one Second Amendment opinion—a dissent. But that thorough exploration of the issue in the case, some scholars said, reflects an approach that could result in a sea change in the way lower courts analyze, and largely uphold, gun restrictions.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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