National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox: "President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. He has an impressive record that demonstrates his strong support for the Second Amendment. On behalf of our 6 million members, the NRA strongly supports Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. We will be activating our members and tens of millions of supporters throughout the country in support of Judge Kavanaugh. He will protect our right to keep and bear arms and is an outstanding choice to fill Justice Kennedy's seat."
Volokh Conspiracy David Kopel: "No nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has had such a detailed record on Second Amendment as does Brett Kavanaugh. His 2011 dissenting opinion in the case known as Heller II was consistent with his long-standing adherence to text, history, tradition, and Supreme Court precedent."
Ammoland's Tred Law: "Judge Kavanaugh's opening statement began with him making the point that 'a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law.' It is a very reassuring statement to hear when gun owners greatest fear is to get another activist judge on the high court."
Bearing Arm's Tom Knighton: "Justice Kavanaugh might just be a good friend to have on the bench."
Fox News' Frank Miniter: With Kavanaugh on the Court, it will "take on Second Amendment cases. This is ever more important today, as the Supreme Court has declined to take another gun-rights case since declaring that the Second Amendment also restricts state and local governments in its McDonald decision. The high court even passed on Peruta v. California, a case challenging local restrictions in California that require a person to prove to the local government's satisfaction that they really need their right to bear arms before the local authorities will allow them to carry a handgun."
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence Keane: "We are confident that Judge Kavanaugh will serve our nation with distinction as an associate justice of our nation's highest court and that he will make decisions that will serve to protect the Second Amendment and other Constitutionally guaranteed rights of law-abiding Americans."
Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb: "We're encouraged by this nomination because by adding Judge Kavanaugh, we might see the high court become more willing to accept and rule on important Second Amendment issues, such as right-to-carry. We know that the Court will face enormous challenges on other rights issues, but the right to keep and bear arms is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights that has set this nation apart as a beacon of freedom and liberty. It is time for the court to examine the constitutionality of various state laws that restrict the right to carry, for example, and make arbitrary decisions about who can exercise that right. Our courts should be the place that we can trust to safeguard our rights and promote freedom."
Gun Owners of America (GOA) Executive Director Erich Pratt: "Gun Owners of America is optimistic that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be a huge improvement over the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on many constitutional issues, including the Second Amendment. Initial reports suggest that Judge Kavanaugh deeply respects the Second Amendment, even though he was not the strongest of the finalists. Nevertheless, Judge Kavanaugh filed a pro-gun dissent in Heller II, arguing that Washington, DC's ban on semi-automatic firearms was arbitrary and unlawful. In fact, his dissent was so well argued that GOA's subsequent legal briefs have repeatedly held up his dissent as the model to follow. In another case, Kavanaugh correctly interpreted the Firearm Owners Protection Act to find that a defendant could not be sentenced to 30 years in prison for use of a fully automatic firearm if he was unaware that the gun fired automatically. Kavanaugh also supported the prevailing opinion in the Citizens United case, which affirmed GOA's voice in the political arena. GOA hopes that the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh — and that the Supreme Court will take up more Second Amendment cases, thus repealing the onerous and unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms that exist throughout the country."