By: Teresa Mull
President Trump appears to be taking a harder line on the Second Amendment lately.
With the election just around the corner, and Joe Biden a sworn enemy of gun owners, Trump has shown his support for the Second by nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights, sent a message in response to supporters, saying:
Though her tenure on the bench is relatively short, Judge Barrett shows early signs of being a pro-gun and pro-Constitution Justice.
In a published journal article for Notre Dame Law Review, Barrett praised Justice Antonin Scalia, the author of the landmark pro-gun Heller decision, for his originalist approach to the Constitution.
Additionally, in her dissent in the 2019 Kanter v. Barr case, Barrett took a bold stance in advocating for extending gun rights to more Americans.2
That’s why the U.S. Senate NEEDS to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Yesterday, the president double-downed on his apparent support for the Second Amendment, in a Tweet addressing Virginia voters:
Gov. Northam has been one of the most consistently anti-gun lawmakers. In April 2020, Northam signed a slew of gun control bills into law, including a one-handgun-a-month law and a red flag gun confiscation law.
GPM reported previously that the Heritage Foundation, in grading the president’s performance on gun rights during his first term, concluded, “There have been a few missteps along the way, but on the whole, the Trump Administration has kept its word when it comes to our right to keep and bear arms.”
One major “misstep” has been the administration’s bumpstock ban.
In mid-December, DOJ amended the regulations of the ATF clarifying that bump stocks should be considered “machineguns” because they allow “a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger,” the Department’s press release stated.
“In a move which is almost certainly illegal, BATF ‘gives’ bump stock owners 90 days to destroy their $300 piece of property -- or to bring it into a BATF office for relinquishment without any compensation whatsoever,” Michael Hammond, legislative director for GOA, told Gunpowder Magazine.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.