It didn’t matter who President Trump nominated, someone was going to be outraged. However, Judge Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t sound like too bad of a pick right now, all things considered, especially for the pro-Second Amendment crowd.
It seems Gun Owners of America agrees.
Gun Owners of America Statement on Pres. Trump’s Nomination of Kavanaugh to SCOTUS
Springfield, VA – Erich Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), issued the following statement on Pres. Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:
“Gun Owners of America is optimistic that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be a huge improvement over the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on many constitutional issues, including the Second Amendment.
“Initial reports suggest that Judge Kavanaugh deeply respects the Second Amendment, even though he was not the strongest of the finalists.
“Nevertheless, Judge Kavanaugh filed a pro-gun dissent in Heller II, arguing that Washington, DC’s ban on semi-automatic firearms was arbitrary and unlawful.
“In fact, his dissent was so well argued that GOA’s subsequent legal briefs have repeatedly held up his dissent as the model to follow.
“In another case, Kavanaugh correctly interpreted the Firearm Owners Protection Act to find that a defendant could not be sentenced to 30 years in prison for use of a fully-automatic firearm if he was unaware that the gun fired automatically.
“Kavanaugh also supported the prevailing opinion in the Citizens United case, which affirmed GOA’s voice in the political arena.
“GOA hopes that the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh — and that the Supreme Court will take up more Second Amendment cases, thus repealing the onerous and unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms that exist throughout the country.”
Erich Pratt, or another GOA spokesman, is available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over 1.5 million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Newsroom.
I agree with pretty much every word of this.
Of particular importance was that Kavanaugh argued that semi-automatic rifles were in common usage and were protected under the Supreme Court’s Heller decision. This is vital considering the assault so-called “assault weapons” find themselves under. Especially to the point that many want to ban all semi-automatic rifles.
It seems that a Justice Kavanaugh would be key in protecting our right to maintain ownership over these vital weapons of personal defense.
The question then becomes, would a court with a Justice Kavanaugh actually hear Second Amendment cases?
That’s been the big challenge of late. The Court has repeatedly rejected hearing cases on gun rights in recent years, including a challenge to Maryland’s assault weapon ban. The problematic nature of this is obvious, and I would hope that a Justice Kavanaugh would work to change that.
Luckily, if that does change, it seems we would have a friend in Kavanaugh to go along with the other pro-gun justices currently sitting on the bench. Kavanaugh’s confirmation looks to be a hell of a fight, but it also looks like it’ll be worth it.