ACRU recently filed two amicus briefs with the Supreme Court questioning whether lifetime bans on firearm ownership in cases where citizens were convicted of non-violent crimes is constitutional as applied. In separate cases, a woman convicted of tax fraud in 2011 and a man convicted of misdemeanor DUI in 2005 were blocked from firearm purchases after they satisfied their sentences and have been law-abiding since. In both cases, ACRU argues these convictions should not block the right of these Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
The SCOTUS nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett brought up an inside baseball term that needs defining. “Court-packing” is NOT a duly elected president filling a vacant seat as duty demands. Court-packing is adding judicial seats — by one political party — where justices serve in perpetuity. It ensures the packing party has decades of unilateral ideological control. Every candidate for president has a moral obligation to explain it truthfully to the American people while stating personal intent.
Alabama has long standing curbside voting rules and identification requirements for absentee ballots that safeguard the votes of its citizens. A group led by the Southern Poverty Law Center demanded these protections be overturned (Covid--the usual excuse) and an Obama appointed state judge agreed. Fortunately, the Supreme Court did not, and Alabama will be able to continue to ensure the integrity of its votes.
A signed pledge should be binding, unless you’re a Democrat elector in Washington and Colorado trying to manipulate the system to block the election of Donald Trump in 2016. On July 6, in a rare unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled states can enforce electoral pledges ignored by rogue political activists. This is a win not just for voters, but affirms the critical need for the electoral college itself. Note: the importance of the Electoral College to our democracy can be confusing, and the anti-electoral college National Popular Vote movement peddles a great deal of disinformation about its intent. For a precise and clear understanding of why [...]
10/27: ACRU Policy Board Member Hans von Spakovsky explains why the Supreme Court was right to rule that political redistricting is constitutional.
10/9: The Supreme Court will take on a case that will decide whether encouraging illegal immigration to the US is in fact protected speech.
10/7: The Supreme Court rejected an official's request not to hear a Second Amendment case in New York.
8/16: ACRU Policy Board Member Hans von Spakovsky and Thomas Jipping report on five Democratic senators threatening the Supreme Court with political retaliation if it doesn't rule against Second Amendment rights.
8/13: ACRU General Counsel Ken Klukowski reports on the Democratic politicians and presidential candidates threatening the Supreme Court with court packing if they do not offer liberal rulings on the Second Amendment.
7/24: ACRU General Counsel Ken Klukowski reports on SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking out against Democratic presidential candidates promising to "pack" the courts with liberal justices.