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NRA: Obama poised to 'stack the court'

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama, if reelected. will "stack the court" with a majority that could circumscribe Second Amendment gun rights to a dramatic degree, the National Rifles Association (NRA) warned today.

"If those three left, he could stack the court with a 6-3 majority rule for the next 30 years," said Chris Cox, executive director at the NRA's Insitute for Legislative Action.  "If that happens, the Second Amendment will be reduced to a government-granted privilege."

Cox was referring to the possibility that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (age 79), Justice Stephen Breyer (age 73), and Justice Anthony Kennedy (age 75). Kennedy is often the swing vote in 5-4 decisions.

Ginsburg, as Cox noted today and in the past, has called for "a future, wiser" Supreme Court to overturn recent Second Amendment decisions such as the case that overturned the gun ban in Washington D.C.

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