Gun News of the Week: Kavanaugh Confirmation May Mean More Second Amendment Cases Before the Supreme Court

Gun News of the Week: Kavanaugh Confirmation May Mean More Second Amendment Cases Before the Supreme Court

Kavanaugh Confirmation May Mean More Second Amendment Cases Before The Supreme Court Even before President Donald Trump revealed on national TV Monday night that he had selected D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh from among four finalists to be his nominee to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, civil rights groups that lobby for gun-owners’ rights had declared “all of them are winners.” So it is no surprise that Kavanaugh, 53, a Yale Law School graduate who, among other administrative and judicial posts, served as President George W. Bush’s White House Staff Secretary and worked with Ken Starr in impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, is being widely lauded as a Second Amendment stalwart. In fact, many believe, adding Kavanaugh to the Court will end an almost decade-long reluctance to accept Second Amendment related cases. The Supreme Court’s last significant Second Amendment rulings were 2008’s Heller v. D.C. and 2010’s McDonald v Chicago. Earlier this year, the Court opted not to hear Peruta v. California, which many hoped would produce a ruling stating that it is unconstitutional for local governments to withhold handgun licenses and permits to otherwise eligible citizens on an arbitrary “may issue” instead of “shall issue” basis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh will begin no sooner than September but should be finished before November’s midterm elections. Kavanaugh’s confirmation isn’t a done deal. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate. The terminally ill Sen. John McCain is […]

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