It went almost unnoticed amidst the chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, but the Associated Press reported that Joe Biden has settled on D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland as his pick for Attorney General. While the socialist wing of the Democrat Party is going to complain about Biden once again picking a “moderate” for a cabinet position, when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms Garland is anything but middle-of-the-road.
Back in 2016, when Barack Obama nominated Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, Carrie Severino of the Justice Crisis Network pointed out Garland’s skepticism towards the right to keep and bear arms starting with the Heller case.
Heller ultimately led to Washington, D.C. ban on handguns being struck down by SCOTUS as an unconstitutional infringement of the Second Amendment. Garland was one of the judges who heard the case at the appellate level, and in his opinion, the appellate court that had ruled the District’s ban was unconstitutional needed to take another look at the case.