Kirsters Baish| Back in 2011, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Washington D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, explained why semiautomatic guns are “commonly-owned,” keeping them protected by the Constitution by using a dissenting opinion.
He called upon Heller v. District of Columbia, a 2011 case, in which a lawsuit was filed that challenged firearm regulations taken up in Washington D.C. after the District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.
Brett Kavanaugh wrote, “In Heller, the Supreme Court held that handguns – the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic – are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens. There is no meaningful or persuasive constitutional distinction between semi-automatic handguns and semiautomatic rifles. Semi-automatic rifles, like semi-automatic handguns, have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens for self-defense in the home, hunting, and other lawful uses. Moreover, semiautomatic handguns are used in connection with violent crimes far more than semi-automatic rifles are. It follows from Heller’s protection of semi-automatic handguns that semi-automatic rifles are also constitutionally protected and that D.C.’s ban on them is unconstitutional.”
This Monday, July 9th, 2018, President Donald Trump officially announced his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to take over Justice Kennedy’s spot on the Supreme Court.
Breitbart News reports of the nomination:
This nomination, like the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch in January 2017, is a fulfillment of Trump’s promise to the use SCOTUS nominations to save the Second Amendment.
During an October 9, 2016, presidential debate, Trump told the American people that his SCOTUS picks would “respect the Second Amendment and what it stands for, and what it represents.”
President Trump specifically stated, “I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia. … People that will respect the constitution of the United States. And I think that this is so important — also, the Second Amendment which is totally under siege by people like Hillary Clinton.”
He followed through on these promises when he nominated Gorsuch. Brett Kavanaugh seems to be a Second Amendment supporter as well.
Last week, Fox News did a report which gave a little more background into the Supreme Court nominee: