Sotomayor Gets Confirmation Boost With Gun Rights Decision

Well, this is interesting. Are the NRA nutters going to join the racist attacks after reading this? Hmmm. Another group the Pat Buchanans, Rush Limbaughs and Newt Gingriches of the GOP might be able to count on in their anti-brown person crusade?

From Sam Stein:

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday what could be a helping hand in her hopes to face a smooth and non-contentious confirmation hearing.

The court, based in Chicago, held in a 3-0 ruling that weapons ordinances in local municipalities were lawful. They also rejected the argument put forth by gun rights advocates that the Second Amendment is incorporated in the 14th Amendment and can be applied to states.


Why does this matter for Sotomayor? While serving on the Second Circuit Appeals Court Sotomayor had also ruled that the right to bear arms could not be directly applied to the states, following the 2008 Supreme Court case overturning the Washington D.C. handgun ban. For this decision, the group Gun Owners of America labeled her "anti-gun," and claimed that she had displayed "pure judicial arrogance" for declining to toss New York state weapons law.

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