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Parkland dad Fred Guttenberg says SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh refused handshake and 'turned his back' at Senate hearing

Parkland dad Fred Guttenberg says SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh refused handshake and 'turned his back' at Senate hearing
Fred Guttenberg, left, attempts to shake hands with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, right, during a break in Senate hearings on Sept. 4, 2018. Guttenberg's 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed in the Parkland school shooting on Feb. 14. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

The father of a Parkland school shooting victim says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh refused to shake his hand during a break in Senate hearings Tuesday.

Video of the interaction appeared to show Kavanaugh turning toward Fred Guttenberg, locking eyes with the father of 14-year-old shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg and turning away with no expression on his face.

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“Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away,” Guttenberg wrote in a Twitter post.

“I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence,” Guttenberg wrote.

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The Florida father attended the hearing as a guest of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and said he wanted to hear discussions on the Second Amendment.

His daughter was one of the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

In a text to the Daily News, Guttenberg confirmed he was able to say, “My daughter was murdered at Parkland,” while Kavanaugh was close enough to hear him clearly.

In a tweet about the incident, White House Press Secretary Raj Shah said Kavanaugh was approached by an “unidentified individual” as he was leaving for the lunch break.

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“Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened,” Shah wrote.

Guttenberg has become an outspoken advocate for gun reform in the wake of his daughter’s death.

He previously told The News he supports more rigorous background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines.

Kavanaugh is a staunch conservative whose nomination by President Trump was applauded by the National Rifle Association.

“President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. He has an impressive record that demonstrates his strong support for the Second Amendment,” Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA, said in a statement.

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