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POLITICAL REPORT
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Chris W. Cox, nra-ila Exec. Director

To Uphold Heller, We Need
Kavanaugh On The Supreme Court

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n May 20, 2016, candidate Donald Trump told the nra members gathered
at the nra-ila Leadership Forum in Louisville, Ky., "I will never let you
down, I will protect the Second Amendment." At that moment, the president's
power to nominate u.s. Supreme Court justices was forefront in the minds of
nra members. With the nomination of u.s. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice
Anthony Kennedy, now-President Trump continues to live up to his promise.
All gun owners owe Kennedy a measure of gratitude. In 2008, Kennedy
provided a crucial fifth vote for Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in the
case District of Columbia v. Heller, and in 2010 he sided with the majority in
McDonald v. Chicago. The Heller case recognized that the Second Amendment
protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and McDonald incorporated
that right to the states.
However, since those decisions, the Supreme Court's willingness to address
restrictions that violate the Second Amendment has stagnated. This has allowed
many of the lower courts and state and local legislators to flout the clear intent of
these landmark decisions.
Several members of the Supreme Court have expressed their frustration on
this topic. In 2015, Scalia joined Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent from the denial
of certiorari in Friedman v. Highland Park, a case challenging a local ban on
commonly owned semi-automatic firearms. In a 2016 concurrence to a per curiam
decision in Caetano v. Massachusetts addressing the Massachusetts Supreme
Court's willful misapplication of Heller, Justice Samuel Alito implored the court
to take action to defend its Second Amendment precedents. In 2017, Justice Neil
Gorsuch joined Thomas' dissent from the denial of certiorari in Peruta v. California,
a case challenging California's discretionary carry licensing scheme.
As a judge on the d.c. Circuit, Kavanaugh demonstrated his deep understanding
of the Heller decision in a dissent in the 2011 case Heller v. District of Columbia
(Heller II), a challenge to d.c.'s ban on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles and
gun-registration regime.
In many Second Amendment cases, the lower courts have opted to analyze
firearm restrictions using tiered balancing tests, weighing the government's
interests against the right to keep and bear arms. While some might claim to
faithfully apply such tests, those tests have frequently been used to thwart the intent
of Heller.
In truth, Heller demands that courts determine whether a firearm restriction is
"longstanding," and in the case of gun bans, whether the firearm is "in common use."
In Heller II, Kavanaugh pointed out that Heller requires courts to "assess gun
bans and regulations based on text, history and tradition." Kavanaugh explained
that the Second Amendment protects "weapons that have not traditionally been
banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens," and that semi-automatic

rifles are therefore protected.
On registration, Kavanaugh noted,
"[b]ecause most of the Nation has
never required-and even now
does not require-registration of all
lawfully possessed firearms, d.c.'s strict
registration law is not 'longstanding'"
and therefore, "violates the Second
Amendment as construed by the
Supreme Court."
The nra's opponents are upset with
Kavanaugh's firm and clear application
of the Heller decision, and are intent
on obstructing his confirmation. For
following Supreme Court precedent,
Michael Bloomberg's Everytown
claimed Kavanaugh holds a "dangerous
view of the Second Amendment,"
Giffords labeled Kavanaugh a "radical,"
and the Brady Campaign vowed to
"fight this nomination tooth and nail."
Ignoring the plain language of Heller,
and Scalia's subsequent actions in
Friedman, Sen. Chris Murphy, d-Conn.,
erroneously declared that Kavanaugh's
opposition to "assault weapon bans"
was "far to the right of even the late
Justice Scalia."
u.s. Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer, d-n.y., has told the
press that he will "oppose [Kavanaugh]
with everything I've got." Further, with
a one-vote Republican majority in the
Senate, Kavanaugh's supporters have
no margin for error.
That is why it is imperative that you
contact your senators to let them know
that you support Trump's nomination
of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Moreover, as leaders in the fight for
freedom, it is incumbent upon us to
encourage our like-minded friends and
family members to do the same.
nra members played an integral
role in putting Trump in position to
make this crucial nomination. The
active support of nra members is
just as vital to ensuring we seize this
historic opportunity. For information
on how you can help, visit nraila.org.

NRA-ILA: (800) 392-8683 * NRA-ILA website: nraila.org
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