GOP to Target Sotomayor With Gun Questions
Ruling in favor of gun control laws could rankle red state Dems
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2009 10:07 AM CDT
The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, Jeff Sessions, accompanied by committee members Orrin Hatch and John Cornyn, discuss Sonia Sotomayor in a press conference yesterday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Republicans, who've failed to get traction in opposing Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, finally think they have an issue that might stick: gun control. When the high court struck down Washington’s tough gun control laws as unconstitutional, many wondered if the ruling applied to state laws as well. This year Sotomayor’s appeals court ruled that it did not. GOP senators intend to grill her on that decision, the LA Times reports.

Jeff Sessions says the panel’s reasoning in the case “would eviscerate the 2nd Amendment in many parts of the country.” If confirmed, Sotomayor could well hear a case on the same issue as early as her first term. “This could become a tough vote for red-state Democrats,” said one conservative activist. “They don’t want to be on the wrong side of the 2nd Amendment.”