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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Obama's Shifting of Federal Courts to Left Will Impact Gun Rights for Years

Lawyer and blogger Dave Hardy had this post at Arms and the Law sharing a Reuters article about the massive shift in the make up of the federal circuit court districts.  In 2009, only the 9th Circuit was predominantly made up of Democratic appointees with the 2nd Circuit split 50-50.  Today, less than half (the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th) are majority Republican appointees.  Hardy notes that both the Democrat and Republican circuits have massive imbalances in appointees:
...What's also interesting in both Repub dominated and Demo dominated circuits, the proportions tend to be overwhelming, 66-33% or more.
While some say Obama's overreach on environmental issues is his crowing achievement, it is his imprint on the federal courts that will haunt gun owners likely for a generation.  Much of what we have regained of our Second Amendment rights have been won in select cases in the federal courts.  This could be much harder to do going forward, especially if Hillary Clinton is elected president in November.

Hat tip Sebastian at Shall Not be Questioned.

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