Before Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings are set to begin Monday, the National Rifle Association Freedom Action Foundation will air TV ads to highlight the importance of the Supreme Court’s makeup to gun rights, McClatchy Newspapers reports. “Four Supreme Court justices believe you have the right to defend yourselves with a gun. Four do not,” the narrator in the ad begins. “The men and women of the NRA will not let anti-gun elites strip away our rights or our freedom.”
The nearly $1 million ad buy will air across the nation on broadcast, cable and satellite. The ad will run today through March 22. President Trump nominated
Gorsuch to fill the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. “The Supreme Court played a pivotal role in affirming our Second Amendment rights in its historic Heller and McDonald decisions,” said Chris Cox, president of the NRA foundation. “But it’s critical for Americans to remember that their basic right to keep a gun in their homes for self-defense survived at the court by only one vote. This ad campaign highlights that important reality.” The NRA Freedom Action Foundation praised Trump’s nomination of Gorsuch, 49, who sits on a federal court of appeals that spans Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and parts of Oklahoma. Other special interest groups have aired ads for and against Gorsuch. Senate Democrats have vowed to filibuster Gorsuch’s appointment, requiring the Senate to secure 60 votes to confirm him.