Under questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, Supreme Court nominee and Denver resident Judge Neil Gorsuch backed the District of Columbia v. Heller decision as the “law of the land” which must be upheld. His comments were in response to intense questioning from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca).
His comment on the decision demonstrates his firm belief in the separation of powers: “It’s not a matter of agree or disagree, it’s a matter of upholding the law.”
“The Heller decision was a 5-4 opinion delivered by Justice Antonin Scalia in 2008,” said U.S. Law Shield of Colorado Independent Program Attorney Doug Richards. “If that case had been before the court this term, it may have been 4-4. This illustrates the importance of Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation – he will be the swing vote and help decide cases involving 2nd Amendment Rights for decades to come.”
Gorsuch would likely keep the margin in similar cases 5-4, many gun groups have said.
“U.S. Law Shield members, therefore, should contact their representatives in Washington to make sure Gorsuch receives their full support,” Richards said.