The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett by President Donald Trump on September 26, 2020 was largely praised by Second Amendment organizations across the nation.
In a statement released following President Trump’s announcement to nominate Barrett, GOA Senior Vice President Erich Pratt said the following:
From a Second Amendment perspective, Judge Amy Coney Barrett appears to be a strong choice. She has indicated a willingness to examine and apply the Second Amendment as written, by looking at its text and using history as a guide, instead of engaging in the judge-empowering interest balancing that has run rampant in the lower courts. Gun owners will relish seeing a new addition to the Supreme Court who is ready to hold lower courts accountable for failing to uphold the Constitution and for refusing to follow the Heller and McDonald precedents.
Similarly, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action issued a congratulatory statement right after Trump’s official announcement:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) fully supports President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate should act swiftly to confirm her.
Judge Barrett’s record demonstrates a steadfast commitment to the fundamental rights enshrined in our Constitution. With this nomination, President Trump continues his record of nominating qualified, fair-minded federal judges who respect the Bill of Rights – including the Second Amendment – to our nation’s highest court.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade organization that represents the interests of the firearms industry, also expressed its approval of the Trump nominee.
“We are pleased to lend our support to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to approve her nomination as expeditiously as possible,” declared Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “We are confident Judge Barrett will serve our nation with distinction as an Associate Justice of our nation’s highest court and her service will reaffirm the importance of originalist jurists when protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”
The fact that the leading pro-gun organizations are praising this move shows that Barrett was the right choice by the Trump administration.
To prevent further legislating from the bench, solid justices such as Barrett are needed. Ultimately, the restoration of Second Amendment rights in America will require liberty conservatives to recapture both chambers of Congress and force the Executive Branch to repeal unconstitutional gun control legislation.
Nevertheless, judicial appointments are a good place to start.