Gorsuch view on Second Amendment a judicial mystery

Despite strong endorsements from some gun rights advocates, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has a slim appeals court record on the subject — a record that leaves his views a mystery on how far constitutional firearms rights extend.

The National Rifle Association notes favorably a 2012 case in which Gorsuch wrote for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that “the Supreme Court has held the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms and may not be infringed lightly.”

Taken with his conservative leanings, originalist views on interpreting the Constitution and comparisons to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, that leads many gun owners to believe Gorsuch would protect their interests.

“He has an impressive record that demonstrates his support for the Second Amendment,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement endorsing the nominee.

However, he has not ruled on major Second Amendment cases.

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