NRA Opposes Kagan For Court, Might Influence Some Votes


The National Rifle Association is opposing the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and will note who voted for and against her in its candidate evaluations, reports NRA leaders said Kagan's statements supporting gun rights during this week’s confirmation hearings do not outweigh her gun-control work as a policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. “Throughout her political career, she has repeatedly demonstrated a clear hostility to the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution,” the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox wrote senators.

Kagan told the Senate Judiciary Committee she viewed as “settled law” a Supreme Court ruling two years ago affirming an individual's right to bear arms and Monday's ruling that states and localities have to respect the Second Amendment. LaPierre and Cox noted that Justice Sonia Sotomayor abandoned similar pro-gun assurances she made at her confirmation hearings last year. Sotomayor on Monday joined the court's dissenting liberal bloc, which argued that the right to bear arms is not a “fundamental” one that local governments must honor. The NRA decision could pressure some conservative, pro-gun-rights Democrats, such as Sens. Jim Webb of Virginia and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, to vote against Kagan.

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