Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) “said Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sees a 2008 ruling affirming Americans’ right to own guns for self-defense as settled law,” the AP reports.
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said Sotomayor told him at a private meeting that she will work from the high court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in future cases involving gun rights. The 5-4 ruling struck down the Washington, D.C., handgun ban and imperiled similar prohibitions in other cities.
Gun rights activists have accused Sotomayor of being hostile to gun rights because she was part of a panel that ruled that the Second Amendment protection of the right to bear arms did not apply to state and local governments.
"Clearly she spoke to the fact that settled law is just that, and the Heller case has been considered by the court, and she sees that as the law, and she will work off of what the court decided as other cases may come to the court’s attention," Udall said.
But other members “have come away from their meetings with Sotomayor concerned about her position on gun rights.”
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said Tuesday that he was disappointed that the judge refused to say during their visit that the Second Amendment "protects a fundamental right that applies to all Americans."