Garland to Senate on meaning of Second Amendment: ‘I don’t have an opinion’

Garland to Senate on meaning of Second Amendment: ‘I don’t have an opinion’
Barack Obama announces nomination of Merrick Garland as Joe Biden looks on. (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – And they let you get away with that?  Garland’s not being vetted for a judicial position now, and being posed constructive hypotheticals about potential cases. He’s being questioned as the nation’s prospective chief prosecutor.  Lee’s question is absolutely within bounds and the American people are due an answer.]

“Let’s talk a little bit about the meaning of the Second Amendment,’ Lee, a Utah Republican, told Garland at his confirmation hearing: “How do you view it, and do you agree … that the Second Amendment right to bear arms certainly includes the right to carry operable firearms in public for self-defense?”


“It is a right, as Justice Scalia said in the opinion, like all rights that is subject to some limitations. The court has not given us much more to work with at this point, and I do think…this is a matter that requires careful historical examination, which I have never done, and I certainly can’t, you know, do sitting here for you. So I don’t have an opinion on that question.

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