Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled hearings on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court for September 4. The lead-up to the hearings is featuring all of the hysterics and histrionics we’ve come to expect from the SCOTUS nomination process since, well, Robert Bork.
As a recent article quoting Washington state’s former attorney general Rob McKenna notes, many observers expect a Kavanaugh Court to be flooded with Second Amendment cases after years of caution about the cases the high court has chosen to hear.
There is a range of cases that never opted to go all the way to the United States Supreme Court before because of the justices and the way they leaned politically. But President Trump has an opportunity to weight the court with even more Conservative judges and that may change things. Second Amendment cases are among the issues anticipated to be aimed at the court in the near future. …
McKenna said there “is something interesting about Judge Kavanaugh, and really his generation of Conservative jurists, who are more judicially active, or want to be more judicially active in striking down local gun control laws than older Conservatives like Reagan appointees.”
One example would be the ban in Maryland on semiautomatic rifles and high capacity magazines. The Fourth Circuit Court has upheld that ban, but opposition could take the case up again and challenge it in the Supreme Court. Another example would be California’s 10-day waiting period when selling arms. That regulation was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court.
In short, time will tell. In the mean time, the NSSF’s Mark Oliva and Larry Keane sat down with former Senator Kelly Ayotte to talk about the confirmation process in an uncharacteristically measured and informative way.
NSSF’s Mark Oliva recently sat down with former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and NSSF’s Larry Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel. They met at NSSF-member New England Upland Shooting Preserve in Hillsborough, N.H. to get insights to what’s in store as Judge Brett Kavanaugh prepares for his confirmation hearings. This second in a short series of videos gives NSSF a glimpse into what’s in store for the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and what it means for Second Amendment rights. In the first episode, Sen. Ayotte explains the preparations for a nominee and the role of a “Sherpa.”