SAF Applauds Senate Republicans for Condemning Democrats’ Supreme Court Threat


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

BELLEVUE, WA — The Second Amendment Foundation now applauds all 53 Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for defending the U.S. Supreme Court from bullying by 5 Democrats who openly threatened the higher court with political retribution if it does not dismiss an critical Second Amendment challenge to a New York City gun manage law.

In a strongly-worded letter to Supreme Court Clerk Scott S. Harris, Sen. McConnell and his colleagues blasted a Democrat amicus short to the higher court urging dismissal of a case difficult the law that basically threatens to pack the court if it does not comply.

SAF has filed an amicus short in the case, urging that the Supreme Court overturn New York City’s infringement of Second Amendment rights. The case is identified as New York Rifle &amp Pistol Association v. City of New York.

“Democrats in Congress,” the letter states, “and on the presidential campaign trail, have peddled plans to pack this Court with additional justices in order to additional their radical legislative agenda.”

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Mazie Hirono (HI), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Dick Durbin (IL) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) filed an amicus short that basically accused 5 justices, like Chief Justice John Roberts, of accepting the case for the political goal of building a precedent that will let other gun laws to be challenged. The law was so intense that New York amended it in an try to steer clear of a court showdown.

“If the court dismisses this case,” stated SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “there is practically nothing to stop New York City from re-enacting the statute. In addition, the gun prohibition lobby is rightly concerned that a ruling against New York City could also apply to other states and cities’ infringements on Second Amendment rights.”

“We’re proud of Sen. McConnell and his colleagues,” Gottlieb added. “We have under no circumstances just before noticed such an outrageous work by anti-gun extremists on Capitol Hill to subvert the constitutional method. I was personally appalled by the short. Just when you consider opponents of the Second Amendment can not sink any reduce, they surprise you.”

In their short, Whitehouse and his fellow Democrats concluded, “The Supreme Court is not effectively. And the persons know it. Maybe the Court can heal itself just before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to decrease the influence of politics.’ Specifically on the urgent concern of gun manage, a nation desperately wants it to heal.”

“The implication,” says McConnell in his letter, “is as plain as day: Dismiss this case, or we’ll pack the court.”

“Evidently,” Gottlieb continued, “the 5 senators signing onto this short are terrified that the nation’s higher court is about to examine the intense nature of neighborhood gun manage laws and their constitutionality beneath the Second Amendment.

“Instead of the Supreme Court dismissing the case,” Gottlieb stated, “we think the court ought to reject the amicus short. It is an insult to the court’s integrity, and to the Constitution, itself.

“Contrary to what the Whitehouse 5 contends in their short,” he stated, “the nation wants the Supreme Court to take Second Amendment instances and identify no matter whether laws such as the 1 in New York are infringements, and then give guidance to the reduce courts about exactly where the constitutional line might be drawn.

“McConnell and the Senate Republicans have clearly had adequate of Democrat demagoguery,” Gottlieb observed. “Their amicus short is additional proof that they would happily erase the Scone Amendment from the Bill of Rights, but they want the Supreme Court to do that, rather than danger the political fallout. Sen. McConnell and the Senate Majority are telling them ‘No.’

“Having crossed the line in their try to coerce the court, Whitehouse and his 4 colleagues have shown their disdain for constitutional rights and our technique of checks and balances against unconstitutional laws,” he concluded.

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and biggest tax-exempt education, study, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional suitable and heritage to privately personal and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to additional than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts several applications created to greater inform the public about the consequences of gun manage.





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