SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh made it clear in a 2011 dissenting appeals court opinion that he thinks Americans can keep most guns, even the AR-15 rifles used in some recent mass shootings.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has delighted Second Amendment advocates – and worried gun law supporters that his ascendancy to the high court would make it harder to curb the proliferation of guns.
Kavanaugh – an appeals court judge in the District of Columbia since 2006 – gave his views while dissenting in a ruling upholding a ban on semi-automatic rifles in the nation’s capital.
He believes history and tradition should guide the boundaries of the Second Amendment. That gives a green light to semi-automatic rifles, which have been commercially sold for more than a century.
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