Today, President Barack Obama announced he has chosen Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997, as his nominee for Supreme Court Justice, to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Obama said on CNN Monday, “It is my intention to nominate somebody who has impeccable credentials, somebody who should be a consensus candidate, is deserving to be on the Supreme Court.”
So what will this mean for American’s Second Amendment Rights? This story from bustle.com asks just that question about the Chicago-native Garland, revealing that his views on gun control veer decidedly to the left.
The story says Garland is overall more of a moderate candidate who could garner support from both parties.
However, gun rights activists worry about Garland’s 2007 vote to reconsider a D.C. circuit court decision that would ban individuals from possessing handguns. The story points out that this ruling occurred almost 10 years ago: “Though his decision certainly doesn’t match today’s definition of conservative, those who use it to dispute Garland’s moderate record won’t tell you that, in reality, he wasn’t the only Republican judge who voted in favor of the case being reheard.”
It’s pretty certain that Garland will be more conservative than Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s previous two SCOTUS appointees.
It seems Garland is a middle-of-the-road judge who doesn’t have enough of a record on gun issues to accurately say how he will treat those matters as a Supreme Court Justice.
From the story: “Though Garland’s views on gun control have been liberal in the past, his history on the matter doesn’t offer enough information to accurately predict how he will vote in Supreme Court decisions. President Obama praised the new Justice in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, saying, “I’ve selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness, and excellence.”
For some background on Garland in general, check out this NBCNews story here.