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Jun 30

Trump’s Chance to Secure and Strengthen a Pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court

Trump's Chance to Secure and Strengthen a Pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court

President Trump with Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

With Kennedy Retirement, Trump Can Secure and Strengthen a Pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court

On Wednesday, Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he is retiring effective July 31. The move signals the end of Kennedy’s 30-year career on the nation’s highest court, which bore witness to its most important decisions concerning the Second Amendment. It also creates the opportunity for President Trump to appoint a replacement who will help reinvigorate the stalled progress in Second Amendment jurisprudence.Trump’s Chance to Secure and Strengthen a Pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court

Gun rights supporters will remember Kennedy for his vote recognizing the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms in the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller ruling. Kennedy reaffirmed his fidelity to this constitutional right in the 2010 case McDonald v. Chicago, which incorporated the individual right to keep and bear arms to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.

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