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BY: Stephen Gutowski
Gun groups on both sides of the issue responded to President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court on Monday.
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Gun-rights proponents were universally supportive of the nomination while gun-control advocates roundly rejected it. The National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation all released statements praising Trump and Kavanaugh shortly after the announcement was made. Likewise, Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords released statements slamming the move.
The NRA said Kavanaugh's record was "impressive" and praised his support for the Second Amendment.
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"President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court," Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said. "He has an impressive record that demonstrates his strong support for the Second Amendment. Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated his clear belief that the Constitution should be applied as the Framers intended. To that end, he has supported the fundamental, individual right to self-defense embraced by Justice Scalia in the historic Heller decision."
SAF founder Alan Gottlieb believes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Court will usher in a new era of rulings on key gun-rights issues.
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"We're encouraged by this nomination because, by adding Judge Kavanaugh, we might see the High Court become more willing to accept and rule on important Second Amendment issues, such as right-to-carry," Gottlieb said. "While the Supreme Court has twice affirmed in the last 10 years that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to keep a firearm for home defense … the Court has yet to even begin defining the right to bear arms outside of the home or business, in public. We know that the Court will face enormous challenges on other rights issues but the right to keep and bear arms is a...
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