July 23rd, 2009
01:02 PM ET
5 years ago

NRA warns senators on Sotomayor vote; CoC backs her

The NRA on Thursday reinforced its opposition to the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
The NRA on Thursday reinforced its opposition to the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The National Rifle Association reinforced its opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, warning senators Thursday their votes will be considered in the NRA's future candidate evaluations.

The NRA announced last week that it viewed Sotomayor as having a "hostile view" of gun rights under the Constitution.

Since the NRA's announcement last week, five Republicans have already pledged their votes for Sotomayor, including conservative Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and key member of the Judiciary Committee.

The nominee herself was on Capitol Hill, meeting with conservative senators. Seven Republicans have already announced they would vote against her, but that is not expected to slow what is predicted to be easy confirmation to the nation's highest court.

President Obama's first pick to the Supreme Court has attracted intense lobbying and outreach efforts from a range of advocacy groups. The NRA decision came as little surprise, with a statement by the group strongly questioning her commitment to the rule of law.

"We believe any individual who does not agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right and who does not respect our God-given right of self-defense should not serve on any court, much less the highest court in the land," said Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, the NRA's top leaders, in a letter to the Senate. "Given the importance of this issue, the vote on Judge Sotomayor's confirmation will be considered in NRA's future candidate evaluation."

The issue of gun rights has become a timely issue, with senators Wednesday rejecting a bill that would allow a person with a proper permit to carry concealed weapons from state to state.

Sotomayor did receive strong support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which called her "well qualified" to sit on the high court.

"Through several years of experience as a law firm partner representing business interests, Judge Sotomayor has spent time considering the litigation environment from our point of view," said Thomas J. Donohue, the business lobby's president. "With her unique experience as both a trial and appellate judge, Judge Sotomayor has seen first hand the tremendous burdens that our legal system places on businesses."

The Chamber's Litigation Center has long been active in fighting decisions by judges and courts it considers harmful to economic growth and small businesses. While generally having a conservative business philosophy, the group has endorsed every member of the Supreme Court over the past two decades, including liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

Sotomayor had private meetings planned with conservative senators John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Richard Burr, R-N.C., and John Ensign, R-Nev. None of the three lawmaker has announced whether they would support her when the full Senate votes, scheduled for early next month.

Other courtesy calls with lawmakers may be scheduled in coming days, but the White House and Senate Democrats are quietly confident the 55-year-old federal appeals court judge will be confirmed.

The Judiciary Committee will vote Tuesday on whether to pass her nomination on to the full Senate.


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soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Yankee Doodle

    I have nothing to do with th nra and believe they go overboard sometimes, but I do believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and laugh at all the anti gun idiots trying to twist the meanings of these documents to suit their views, saying that when these documents were written they only had flintlocks and the rules do not apply to today's guns or why does anybody need a handgun. A gun is a gun. No matter what bans are put in place criminals will have weapons.This lady seems to be against an individuals rights to have a gun. Dictators love unarmed peasants.

    July 23, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Fla.:

    Let's see, CoC in line for billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies being handed out by Obama.

    I did the math, I'm with the NRA.

    July 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Anny

    FEAR FEAR FEAR and SCARE.......did the GOP learn this from the NRA or did the NRA learn this from the GOP

    July 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. not blind

    Its not about guns. The SCOTUS decision upholding the 2nD ammendment is precedent. She won't go against that. Keeping legislators in their pocket is the main objective. The NRA is interested in much more than the gun issue. Wonder what that could be?

    July 23, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. ~~ July ~~

    NRA warns senators ????? ............. geeez what are they going to do? start shooting people

    July 23, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. original stylin

    The NRA sucks! Compton is in the house .

    July 23, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Andy J, NY, NY

    @ Fla-

    yeah, NRA fear mongers.

    and saying that we need to stop global warming (yeah, it was in the 40's the other night) because it will drag our military into conflicts is definitely not fear mongering.

    You're a tool. Get your head out of the sand and open your eyes to the facts.

    Sotomayor is a racist, just like Obama.

    July 23, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. fideauxdon

    How long do we have to put up with thisgroup of individuals who can only erase their doubts about their own Manhood by walking around with a gun stuffed down the front of their pants?

    July 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. dxxy4u

    What's with the NRA and these Guns. Are the members of the NRA so afraid that they have to be armed to the teeth?

    July 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Rob

    Graham's voting with Democrats!? How shocking!!

    July 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. J Chang

    NRA opposing? She must be really good then.

    July 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. dawn dawn

    Under the Obama precedent, which he set for Justices Roberts and Alito, well qualified judges who have a different world view should be opposed. The NRA may be right to oppose Sotomayor. The CoC may be right to support her.

    July 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Big Ed

    Anyone who passed Civics class in High School knows how difficult it would be to revoke the Second Amendment to the Consitution! One person cannot do it! So we turn our backs on the best candidate for the Supreme Court in years just because the NRA is afraid she won't lock-step with other politicians the NRA owns?

    July 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Roger

    They better listen to those NRA dudes..they pack heat & used to have that slogan "when they pry my cold dead hands........" I don't know bad those dudes are but they are definitly whacked out, might pay to heed their warning.

    July 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Lets see who is owned by the NRA

    The NRA is a great American institution

    That, along with others has many Senators and Congressman to carry water for them.

    The NRA is not about the Second Amendment, its about oppression, fear and inaccuracy. Its about grassroots arms trades and the insane profits of agrandizing instruments that kill in the hands of despots and amateurs.

    Right now the NRA is part of our problems.

    July 23, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Frank, Las Vegas

    If the NRA and GOP are against her, that tells me that she's a great judge.

    July 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Yon

    The only people affected by gun control are law abiding citizens.

    July 23, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Brad

    Its a fact she is hostile to gun ownership. If you could not additionally see it in the hearing it is either blind lover or you are related to her. The NRA just said it will be considered in NRA's future candidate evaluation. For all you anti-gun haters your candidates most likely aleady have a low evaluations since they are 2nd amenment hating liberals. All Obama has done is make gun ownership more widespread – assualt rifles are common compared to few years ago- hahaha. Gun safe sellers are raking it in toooooo...

    July 23, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Gene

    So basically anyone now voting against her will be looked at as bowing down to special interest groups. I like that :)

    July 23, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. You lose all credibility when you say Palin is smart

    The NRa is garbage. I own a gun and got a free membership and all they do is spew propoganda.

    Joining the NRA is a complete waste of money and they will spam the hell out of you.

    July 23, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    NRA: Please be more cautious who you advocate having guns, specifically the GOP. Just ask Cheney's friends how they feel.

    July 23, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Jen K

    I think the NRA is simply looking for historic fundraising numbers.

    July 23, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Patty in the CA mountains

    NRA....special interest group second only to the AMA....now, who's FOR America and who's not? Take THAT into consideration next election

    July 23, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Mariann Pepitone

    The only reason Obma chose her is because he wants the Latino vote in the next election not because he likes her. He is using her for his own benefit and I believe she is racial but hides. Look what happened to the firefighters because of her decision. There will be trouble in that supreme court on decisions if a minority is involved in a case. I worked with Puerto Rican woman before and never again. They want control. They are not in the same catgegory as Mexican woman who are very easy to work with. I know she will be elected so they better prepare themselves.

    July 23, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. banks

    Siiiggghh! No comments I give up

    July 23, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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