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Obama Nominates Sotomayor For U.S. Supreme Court Opening

Friday, May 29, 2009

NRA is reviewing Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial opinions on issues related to the Second Amendment.

However, we are very concerned that she served on the three-judge panel in the case of Maloney v. Cuomo, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said this year that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states. We believe that decision was based on a misreading of Supreme Court precedent. It relied on 19th century cases that, when properly read, do allow application of the Second Amendment to the states—as the Ninth Circuit recognized last month in the landmark case of Nordyke v. King.

Given the high probability that this issue will come before the Supreme Court in the near future, NRA looks forward to a full and open review of Judge Sotomayor’s record on this issue during the confirmation process.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox sent the following letter to Senators Leahy and Session expressing NRA's concerns about Judge Sotomayor's views on the Second Amendment.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.