Gun rights activists criticize Supreme Court nominee

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Gun rights activists criticize Supreme Court nominee As Sonia Sotomayor continues through her confirmation hearings before Congress, gun rights groups have made it clear they oppose her candidacy for the nation’s highest court.

Those groups include Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation who wrote a letter that was hand-delivered to every member of the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

"The Supreme Court is almost certain to decide next year whether the Second Amendment applies to states and local governments, as it does to the federal government,” they wrote.

However, they sought to remind lawmakers that "while on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor revealed her views on the right to keep and bear arms in Maloney v. Cuomo."

In that case, which was decided in January the Second Circut Court panel said that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.

Speaking on Tuesday, Sotomayor said she accepted the highest court’s ruling from last year guaranteeing an individual’s right to own guns and added she would keep "an open mind" on the issue.

The Senate vote on the nomination is expected before the end of July, and commentators widely expect Sotomayor to be confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

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