BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation today said that Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch is an impressive choice to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court, bringing with him a perspective on Constitutional rights that reflects strongly on the man he will replace, late Justice Antonin Scalia.
"We are delighted at President Donald Trump's selection," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "Based on what we know and what others are saying about Judge Gorsuch, we can honestly say that there may not be a better candidate to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Scalia's passing last year.
"We're especially impressed with the fact that he has observed in a legal opinion that 'the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly'," he added. "Judge Gorsuch definitely understands that firearms ownership is an American tradition, as noted in a case called United States v. Games-Perez."
"President Trump has kept his word," Gottlieb continued, "by nominating a superb high court candidate with an originalist approach to interpreting the Constitution, and particularly the Bill of Rights, as the Founders intended. We are eager to see him confirmed, and we are hopeful that he will enjoy smooth sailing through the confirmation process. After all, he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate when he was appointed to the Tenth Circuit Court."
Judge Gorsuch has an impressive background, with a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a law degree from Harvard and a philosophy degree from Oxford. He served in the Justice Department under the George W. Bush administration.
"Antonin Scalia was a remarkable justice with a fine legal mind," Gottlieb recalled. "It is our impression that Judge Gorsuch is cut from the same cloth. If he is confirmed by the Senate – and we see no reason why that should not happen – it is our expectation that Neil Gorsuch will prove himself to be a tremendous addition to the court, and among the wisest decisions in Donald Trump's presidency."
The Second Amendment Foundation is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
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