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Sotomayor Confirmed

Friday, August 7, 2009

On Thursday, August 6, by a vote of 68-31, the full Senate voted to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The NRA opposed the confirmation of Judge Sotomayor and announced our opposition to her confirmation after the conclusion of her testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee on July 16th.  Early on, NRA expressed concerns about Judge Sotomayor's suitability to serve on the Court, given her previous rulings on Second Amendment issues.  However, out of respect for the confirmation process, NRA did not announce our position on her confirmation until the conclusion of her testimony before the U.S. Senate. 

Following her testimony, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and all members of the U.S. Senate announcing that NRA will be considering this vote when issuing future candidate ratings. (To read the letter in full, please click http://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/Sotomayor.pdf.)

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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.