Gun News of the Week: Hardiman, Pryor, Six Women Jurists Among ‘Top 25’ Pro-Gun Supreme Court Candidates

Gun News of the Week: Hardiman, Pryor, Six Women Jurists Among ‘Top 25’ Pro-Gun Supreme Court Candidates

Hardiman, Pryor, Six Women Jurists Among ‘Top 25’ Pro-Gun Supreme Court Candidates A November 2017 “short list” of 25 conservative justices and one U.S. Senator, Republican Mike Lee of Utah, developed by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation will likely produce President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced on June 27 he will retire on July 31. Among them are 11th Circuit Judge William Pryor and Third Circuit Judge Thomas Hardiman, who were two of Trump’s three finalists when he selected 10th Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch as the late Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court successor in February 2017. At the time, while gun rights advocates cheered Gorsuch’s nomination and ultimate confirmation, some lamented that Hardiman, with a more extensive history of pro-Second Amendment rulings, would have been the more favorable pro-gun rights chief justice. The Court has steadfastly avoided Second Amendment-related cases since its 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald rulings. During its 2017 session, for instance, the Court opted not to accept Peruta v. California, the long-awaited appeal of California’s “may issue” law that requires a citizen to seek permission before exercising a fundamental individual right. Gorsuch joined Justice Clarence Thomas in opposing the decision not to hear Peruta while Kennedy was among the majority that did chose not to hear a case Second Amendment advocates had long wanted to presented to the Supreme Court. The addition of Hardiman or Pryor most likely would have increased the odds of Peruta, specifically, and […]

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