Scholar David Kopel reviews names that have been dropped as potential Supreme Court nominees to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens through the lens of the Second Amendment in a post at the Volokh Conspiracy. Â From his report:
In order from worst to not-all-bad:
- Strongly-ideological, highly-committed gun prohibitionist:Â Harold Koh.
- Extensive record of anti-Second Amendment leadership: Secretary of StateÂ Clinton, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Gov. Deval Patrick.
- Limited but clearly negative record on right to arms: Judge DianeÂ Wood, Judge MerrickÂ Garland.
- Mixed record, but with very little positive: Amy Klobuchar.
- Mixed record: CassÂ Sunstein, Janet Napolitano [negatives include theÂ ridiculous Dept. of Homeland Security report conflating political dissent with terrorism; as governor she signed some pro-right to arms legislation, and vetoed other bills], Jennifer Granholm [like Napolitano, a mixed record as governor, including signing some important reforms].
He lists Elena Kagan as an unknown on the issue.