In the video below, Texas Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Michele Byington talks about the pros and cons of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Byington points out that Gorsuch’s writings on gun-owners’ rights are thin, but that he has the endorsement of several national gun groups. She said he was also involved in a decision that has given some in the firearms community misgivings. If confirmed, would Neil Gorsuch be a friend of the 2nd Amendment on the Supreme Court, or not? Take the poll below the video and give us your take.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that confirmation hearings will begin March 20 for Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to replace the late-Justice Antonin Scalia, who authored the 2008 Heller decision affirming an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. The seat left by Scalia’s death has been empty for more than a year.
Gorsuch faces a 60-vote threshold for confirmation to the bench. The Senate is Republican controlled, 52-48, meaning eight Democrat senators will need to break ranks to ensure confirmation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has made threats of a filibuster, essentially calling the bluff of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to invoke a “nuclear option” of reducing the vote count needed to a simple majority.