The National Rifle Association announced Thursday it will oppose Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court and plans to score senators’ votes in its annual evaluation of their records.
“Unfortunately, Ms. Kagan’s record on the Second Amendment gives us no confidence that if confirmed to the Court, she will faithfully defend the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding Americans,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer and Chris
Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As evidence that Kagan has “repeatedly demonstrated a clear hostility” to gun rights, the NRA letter cites a memo Kagan wrote years ago as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall saying she was “not sympathetic” to a challenge to the District of Columbia’s handgun ban, as well as her work on a now-expired assault weapons ban when she was a White House aide to President Bill Clinton.
The NRA also criticized Kagan’s decision as solicitor general not to file a brief last year in a case challenging Chicago’s gun regulation laws. On June 28, the first day of Kagan’s confirmation hearing, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case, McDonald v. Chicago, that the Second Amendment’s protections of an individual’s right to bear arms apply to states and localities.
Asked about that ruling at her confirmation hearing June 29, Kagan said, “That is binding precedent entitled to all the respect of binding precedent in any case.”
Last year, the NRA also opposed Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the high court and scored the confirmation vote.
Source: CQ Politics via Yahoo! News.
The National Rifle Association announced Thursday it will oppose Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan's…
by Scott Wagner / Jul 1, 2010