Backing Kavanaugh for SCOTUS: NRA Launches Million Dollar Campaign for Trump's Nominee

Posted: Aug 08, 2018 11:30 AM

The National Rifle Association has launched a million dollar advertising campaign urging voters to call their senators on Capitol Hill and demand they confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

"The NRA strongly supports Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court because he will protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “It’s critical that all pro-Second Amendment voters urge their senators to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

“Judge Kavanaugh is a highly qualified nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. We encourage all senators to listen to the American people and vote in favor of his confirmation,” Cox continued.

The ad warns about leftist justices currently on the bench and their opposition to the Second Amendment. 

Kavanaugh, who has written over 300 opinions, has a strong record on upholding Second Amendment rights. From SCOTUS Blog

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller, the District of Columbia went back to the drawing board and passed a law that required gun owners to register their firearms; the law also prohibited both semi-automatic rifles and the possession of magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A challenge to the law made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where a three-judge panel upheld the ban and most of the registration requirements. Kavanaugh dissented from that ruling; he would have struck down both the ban on semi-automatic rifles and the registration requirements. (He indicated that he would have sent the ban on large-capacity magazines back to the lower court for more fact-finding.)

Kavanaugh reasoned that handguns, which are mostly semi-automatic, are protected by the Second Amendment, and he saw no real difference, from a constitutional perspective, between handguns and semi-automatic rifles. Semi-automatic rifles, he observed, “have not traditionally been banned” and “remain in common use today”; indeed, he noted, handguns are more often used in violent crimes than semi-automatic rifles. The registration requirements, he continued, are unconstitutional because gun owners have traditionally not been required to register all guns that they own legally – “as distinct,” Kavanaugh pointed out, “from licensing of gun owners or mandatory recordkeeping by gun sellers.”

Judge Kavanaugh has been meeting with senators for weeks now ahead of his confirmation hearing in the fall.