BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation is mourning the loss of a giant on the U.S. Supreme Court with the death today of Justice Antonin Scalia, the man who authored the landmark 2008 Heller ruling that recognized the Second Amendment as protective of an individual civil right to keep and bear arms.
"Antonin Scalia was a brilliant legal scholar who not only understood the Constitution, he brought clarity to possibly the most important issue of our time," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. "I had the honor and privilege to have met Justice Scalia and found him to be a man of strong ethics and intellect, and great character.
"Justice Scalia was a fierce defender of the Constitution and he adhered to its original meanings," he continued. "I found him to be a warm, charming and humorous man with great wit who deeply loved this country and had an unshakeable belief in the rule of law."
Gottlieb acknowledged that there is already speculation about how this will affect the philosophical balance on the high court.
"It is important now that the Senate not act with haste to fill Scalia's shoes," he observed. "The Court must not be allowed to swing away from supporting Second Amendment rights, which is why we urge the Senate Judiciary to act judiciously, and not take up this important issue until a new president is in office. We cannot allow the important work of Antonin Scalia to be undone by a court thrown out of balance by the appointment of a successor who would be his philosophical opposite.
"For now," Gottlieb concluded, "our condolences go to Justice Scalia's family, his colleagues and the Supreme Court staff who have suffered a huge loss."
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) 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.
SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation