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Kavanaugh Should Be Closely Questioned on Guns

The Supreme Court nominee has radical, idiosyncratic and potentially dangerous views on firearms.

Apply scrutiny.

Apply scrutiny.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court gives cause for concern — not least because of the nominee’s views on the Second Amendment. Senators should use this week’s confirmation hearings to question him closely on the weight he attaches to public safety when it comes to regulating guns.

Kavanaugh, a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, laid out his thinking in a lengthy dissent to a 2011 circuit court ruling. The majority affirmed Washington D.C.’s gun registration law and the city’s ban on semi-automatic firearms classified as “assault weapons.” Kavanaugh explained why he would have invalidated both laws.