NRA Opposes Sotomayor Nomination
Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Although the National Rifle Association has — at least officially — stayed out of this fight until now (though judging from some senators’ heavy questioning on gun issues, it was clearly weighing in behind the scenes), this afternoon the group issued a statement saying it would oppose the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, based on her decision in the case of Maloney v. Cuomo, in which she and her Second Circuit colleagues found that there was no fundamental right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment that is enforceable against the states.
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, and Chris Cox, Executive Director for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said this in explanation:
We believe any individual who does not agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right and who does not respect our God-given right of self-defense should not serve on any court, much less the highest court in the land. Therefore, the National Rifle Association of America opposes the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the position of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
The full statement is here.
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