Judge Kavanaugh: Pro-Second Amendment Trump Choice

Judge Kavanaugh: Pro-Second Amendment Trump Choice

President George W. Bush looks on as Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia during a ceremony Thursday, June 1, 2006, in the Rose Garden. Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Holy Bible. White House photo by Eric Draper At Reason.com , Jacob Sullum explains how Judge Brett Kavanaugh dissembled the D.C. assault weapon ban using the Heller case as precedent. A look at Kavanaugh’s views in the case shows pro-Second Amendment Americans that President Trump has added an ally to the Supreme Court , assuming Kavanaugh is confirmed. Sullum writes (abridged): The D.C. “assault weapon” ban covers a list of specific models as well as guns that meet certain criteria. A semi-automatic rifle that accepts a detachable magazine is illegal, for instance, if it has any of six prohibited features, including an adjustable stock, a pistol grip, or a flash suppressor. “The list appears to be haphazard,” Kavanaugh noted. “It bans certain semi-automatic rifles but not others—with no particular explanation or rationale for why some made the list and some did not.” In any case, he concluded, the law is inconsistent with the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller . “In Heller ,” Kavanaugh noted, “the Supreme Court held that handguns—the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic—are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens. There is no meaningful or persuasive constitutional distinction between semi-automatic handguns […]

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