US Supreme Court Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: What He’s Written on Gun Control and the Second Amendment

US Supreme Court Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: What He's Written on Gun Control and the Second Amendment

National Law Review Legal Publishing President Trump announced his pick for his Supreme Court nomination on Monday night, tapping Brett Kavanaugh for the position. While Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, and Senate actions taken last year reduce the threshold for nomination approval to a simple majority, confirmation promises to be a stiff fight. Kavanaugh has served as a DC Circuit judge since 2006, and he has provided many writings in the form of court opinions for analysis and discussion on a variety of issues. In this series, the National Law Review will examine Kavanaugh’s record on some major issues as well as synthesize external analysis of his positions from major players in the field. Gun Control is up first, as Kavanaugh’s nomination has many Americans asking about his record on the Second Amendment and looking to his judicial record for clues to his thinking on the issue. Everytown for Gun Safety, a major organization supporting gun control regulations, opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination and released the following in a statement: “President Trump vowed he’d never let the NRA down, and with the Kavanaugh pick, he chose someone whose judicial record demonstrates a dangerous view of the Second Amendment that elevates gun rights above public safety.” This analysis is based on the DC Circuit decision that Kavanaugh dissented from after the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Heller v. D.C. The DC Circuit upheld the semi-automatic rifle ban, but Kavanaugh dissented from that decision, saying : There is no meaningful […]

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