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NRA Statement on Tester’s Vote Against Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination

Friday, April 7, 2017

NRA Statement on Tester’s Vote Against Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today criticized Sen. Jon Tester for opposing the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court.

“Today, Sen. Tester played partisan politics with a qualified U.S. Supreme Court nominee who will protect Montanans’ constitutional right to self-protection,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Instead of standing up for Montanans’ constitutional rights, Sen.Tester succumbed to pressure from liberal elites and voted against the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch.”

In the 2016 elections, Montana voters made clear that protecting a pro-Second Amendment majority on the Supreme Court was an issue of critical importance by electing President Donald Trump.

“The NRA won't let Montana voters forget that Senator Tester turned his back on their freedoms by voting against a highly qualified, pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court justice,” concluded Cox.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Gorsuch by a bipartisan vote of 54  to 45.


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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.