President Donald Trump is continuing to fulfill one of his more important campaign pledges, re-shaping the federal courts, and Friday he nominated what Fox News called “a slew of judges” to open spots on California-based courts, including two slots on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Reaction from liberals is predictably critical, if not hostile. According to Courthouse News, anti-gun Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris re miffed at the nomination of Patrick Bumatay, currently a federal prosecutor in Southern California and a prior nominee whose first go-round was derailed by Feinstein and Harris, Fox noted.
This time around, Trump is apparently ignoring traditional “blue slip” objections from senators that have stopped other nominees.
Despite the fact that Bumatay is openly gay, as noted by both news agencies, the liberal senators don’t want him on the bench. Harris even stated, “A nominee for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench must demonstrate exceptional skill, professionalism and respect for the principle of equal justice under law. Mr. Bumatay does not meet this standard.”
Both claim Bumatay lacks judicial experience. But what may really be sticking in their craw is the fact that Bumatay is a member of the conservative Federalist Society, which reportedly praised his re-nomination.
Since taking office, President Trump has appointed 150 federal judges to the bench. Considered conservatives, these jurists could be Trump’s greatest legacy, bringing balance to the courts, including the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit.
Liberals, and particularly anti-gun Capitol Hill Democrats, are looking at the long game. With conservative, and theoretically pro-Second Amendment judges on the federal bench, future challenges to state and local gun laws on Second Amendment grounds could ramp up, and be successful. That would effectively derail Democrat efforts to erode the right to keep and bear arms with progressively more restrictive gun control laws for the next quarter-century at least.
In addition to Bumatay, Trump also nominated former Nevada Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke to a spot on the Ninth Circuit. He is presently a deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s environmental and natural resources division, Fox reported.
All of this might be discussed this weekend during the 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, which kicks off Saturday morning in Phoenix. A record crowd is anticipated, to hear from 90 different presenters. There will be more than to two-dozen panels and presentations, plus an awards luncheon and receptions Friday and Saturday evening. The conference runs through 1 p.m. Sunday.
It will be live-streamed on the Second Amendment Foundation’s Facebook Page beginning Saturday morning.
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