As you might expect, the firearms industry, gun rights orgs and firearms owners were very pleased with the confirmation and swearing in of Justice Amy Coney Barrett last night. Here’s a selection of some of their reactions.

From the NSSF:

NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, praised the U.S. Senate confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court by Justice Clarence Thomas in a White House ceremony. Justice Barrett fills the vacancy on the court left following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Barrett joins at least four other U.S. Supreme Court Justices who are rooted in originalism and interpret the Constitution as meaning today what it meant when it was drafted by the Founding Fathers.

“NSSF is extremely pleased with the confirmation of Justice Barrett and we are confident her service to the nation and the Supreme Court will have tremendous and lasting impact for decades and generations,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “Justice Barrett’s service will reaffirm the importance of originalist jurists when protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. The firearm industry is grateful for the resolute foresight of President Donald Trump to nominate such a qualified jurist to serve on the bench.”

Justice Barrett was reported favorably in a unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee when Senate Democrats abdicated their duty to vote and boycotted the committee vote, including Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Justice Barrett endured four days of committee confirmation hearings during which she deftly answered all questions and accusations by senators opposed to her nomination without the benefit of references or notes. Her mental acuity and comprehension of Constitutional law was on full display.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) held the Senate in session over the weekend, a rare occurrence, which set up the final vote held late Monday evening.

Justice Barrett listed a Second Amendment-related case, Kanter v Barr, as the most important opinion she authored. She dissented in that opinion at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Justice Barrett disagreed the with court’s opinion that non-violent felons who are not a public safety threat should be stripped of Second Amendment rights that are protected by the U.S. Constitution based on originalist interpretation of the law.

From the Second Amendment Foundation:

The Second Amendment Foundation offers its sincere congratulations to newly-sworn Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

“I believe the nation has gained a remarkable addition to the highest court in the land,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We have truly witnessed history in the making, and we are confident her confirmation cements President Donald Trump’s fulfillment of his campaign pledge four years ago to bring balance to the federal courts.”

Justice Barrett’s confirmation came with a 52-48 partisan vote in the U.S. Senate Monday.

“The confirmation of Judge Barrett will help make the Second Amendment great again,” Gottlieb stated.

Gottlieb acknowledged threats from Democrats to stack the high court if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House Nov. 3. The would-be president has refused to state whether he would try to stack the court, only saying he would make an announcement after the election.

“We’re delighted Senate Republicans stood firm against bullying by anti-gun Democrats to confirm Associate Justice Barrett,” Gottlieb said. “We now have an opportunity to restore the Second Amendment and reverse decades of increasingly restrictive gun control laws that have eroded the right to keep and bear arms.

“We wish Associate Justice Barrett a long, productive and historic tenure on the nation’s highest court,” he concluded. “This is a great moment for the nation, the Constitution and the American people.”

The FPC was thoughtful enough to remember that yesterday was also the former Secretary of State’s birthday and made sure to wish her many happy returns. So that’s nice.

 

 





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