Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination to the Supreme Court — Good for Gun Owners?

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, News

Will the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court be good for gun owners? The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and National Rifle Association certainly seem to think so.

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NSSF Statement

The NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition and related industries, immediately expressed its strong support for President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“We are pleased to lend our support to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to approve his nomination in as expeditious manner as possible,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We are confident that Judge Gorsuch will serve our nation with distinction as an Associate Justice of our nation’s highest court and that his service will do honor to the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the protection of the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”

NRA Statement

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association (NRA) applauds the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the United States Supreme Court.

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“President Trump has made an outstanding choice in nominating Judge Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. He has an impressive record that demonstrates his support for the Second Amendment,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, NRA-ILA. “We urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, just as it did in confirming him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by a unanimous voice vote.”

During his tenure on the Tenth Circuit, Gorsuch has demonstrated his belief that the Constitution should be applied as the framers intended. To that end, he has supported the individual right to self-defense. Specifically, he wrote in an opinion that “the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly.”

“On behalf of our five million members, the NRA strongly supports Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. We will be activating our members and tens of millions of supporters throughout the country in support of Judge Gorsuch. He will protect our right to keep and bear arms and is an outstanding choice to fill Justice Scalia’s seat,” concluded Cox.

Do you support the President’s new nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court? Share your answer and reasoning in the comment section.

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Comments (9)

  • Ken R

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    Perhaps the best part of President Trump’s SCOTUS.nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch is that his track record is indicative of a jurist who upholds our Constitution and one who does NOT legislate from the bench.
    I am optimistic we are on the threshold of a journey returning to the values we all grew up with: patriotism, integrity, loyalty, and love of our Flag and the freedom it stands for. I’m optimistic for our future and Second Amendment preservation. Semper Fi.

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  • left coast chuck

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    Just two words: “Earl Warren.” Dwight Eisenhower thought he had made an outstanding conservative appointment. Later he called it “the biggest damned mistake of my life.”

    Even a supreme who is at one end of the idealogical spectrum upon appointment will change his or her philosophical outlook after long years in the rarified air of SCOTUS. That’s why I have advocated term limits for all judicial appointments. When our country was set up, the average life span was much shorter than it is today. Certainly some individuals lived into their late 80s and 90s, but most folks died before reaching 65. Term limits were automatically built in.

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  • Leon

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    If the guy was a felon, he wouldn’t be allowed to own, much less carry, a firearm in the first place

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  • fair

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    Neil Gorsuch is from Colorado, which is a state that views firearms about the same as Washington state and California. We have about a 50-50 chance of Gorsuch be a renegade who hates firearms, same as all the fools on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that recently took all constitutional rights away from gun owners in United States v. Robinson. Simple because you chose to conceal carry suddenly you don’t ANY constitutional rights. The jury is still out on Gorsuch. I am not hopeful he will be any better than the gun haters.

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    • Spencer

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      I suspect that Trump wouldn’t have selected him if he’d be for gun control. However if what you suspect, then wouldn’t you suspect the same of Trump?

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  • oldvet

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    when I read his statement I took it to mean not even lightly. I may be miss reading it, but that’s really the only I make sense of the word lightly even being there.

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  • Mr Leon Amer

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    Gorsuch wrote “… may not be infringed lightly”. WRONG! What part of “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” DOES HE NOT UNDERSTAND ?!?!?

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  • Dragon

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    From what I have been able to glean from news sources, Gorsuch was the front runner of the potential nominees to fill the vacant seat on the SCOTUS. Everything that I have found about him indicates him to be one of us, so of course…..the left-wingers are likely to give him a pretty hard time in confirmation. That said, though, I fully expect that Mitch McConnell will invoke the so-called “Nuclear Option” of a simple majority to confirm…..ironically that was adopted by Harry Reid. It’s interesting that Reid likely was so certain of a Hillary victory that he pushed that option through as a means of defeating any Republican resistance to a Hillary nominee. So…..it would seem that what goes around, comes around, and Karma’s a real bitch!

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  • Spencer

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    After seeing his background & qualifications I consider him an A++.
    I also like the fact that he’s 51 years old. Maybe he’ll be on the Supreme Court bench for 25-30 years. I like it when Democrats are stuck with one that a high level of integrity for a long time.

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