Biden AG Nominee Garland’s Record on 2nd Amend Shows Resistance Toward Right to Bear Arms
Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, has a troubling record when it comes to recognizing Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
In 2007, Garland voted for an “en banc” review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he continues to serve, in the case Parker v. District of Columbia, which would later be known as the landmark Heller v. District of Columbia.
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah questioned Garland about the matter during the nominee’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month…
The case then went before the Supreme Court in 2008, where the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a 5-4 majority decision, “we hold that the District’s ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment,” adding, “the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.”
Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, concluded based on Garland’s vote for the en banc review he would have ruled to keep the District’s ban in place.
“Garland has a long record, and, among other things, it leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller,” she wrote for National Review in 2016 after then-President Barack Obama nominated the judge to serve on the Supreme Court…
“Had Garland and Tatel won that vote [for an en banc review], there’s a good chance that the Supreme Court wouldn’t have had a chance to protect the individual right to bear arms for several more years,” Severino added.
Both the NRA-ILA and the Gun Owners of America have come out in opposition to Garland’s confirmation.
“[W]ith Garland at the head of the U.S. Justice Department, ‘justice’ is not likely to accrue to the benefit of America’s law-abiding gun owners or the lawful industries that support them,” the former said.
GOA’s Phil Reboli said in a video about the nominee, his response to Lee’s question about holding gun manufacturers liable, “disqualifies him for the role of attorney general.”…
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