Kavanaugh nears Supreme Court vote as those in 2A debate stick to their guns (VIDEOS)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Antony Kennedy was reported out of committee last week and, pending a week-long limited FBI investigation into his background, will go for a vote in the full Senate soon. (Photo: Senate Judiciary Committee)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Antony Kennedy was reported out of committee last week and, pending a week-long limited FBI investigation into his background, will go for a vote in the full Senate soon. (Photo: Senate Judiciary Committee)

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted last week to approve Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as gun rights groups continue to back President Trump’s nominee.

At the conclusion of a sensational nomination hearing replete with nationally televised and debated accusations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the Committee on Friday advanced the nominee in an 11-10 party-line vote. Committee chair, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Friday requested that the FBI conduct a supplemental background investigation “limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today.”

With that, Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., said, “we will shortly move to proceed to the Kavanaugh nomination,” saying that he currently had all 51 Republican senators in the chamber on board with proceeding, the magic number needed to confirm him to the Supreme Court without defections from across the aisle.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump found Kavanaugh’s testimony “powerful, riveting and was honest,” going on to note that the White House was confident he would soon be confirmed by the full Senate.

Loudly opposed by a number of groups to include the NAACP, UltraViolet and the ACLU as well as Democrats of all stripes, some of Kavanaugh’s staunchest enemies are among the nation’s gun control groups. Last week, Giffords, Everytown and the Brady Campaign all stepped up their efforts to drive calls to the Senate switchboard to oppose his nomination.

In the jurist’s court are the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America who have stumped for the nominee with their members and supporters.

“The Judiciary Committee has now voted to advance Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination,” said the NRA in an alert issued Friday. “But the same anti-gun Democrats who tried to derail Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with last-minute allegations are now demanding that the final confirmation vote should be delayed further. How such an investigation would proceed is unclear.”

On Saturday, the trade group for the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, reconfirmed its support for Kavanaugh and urged the Senate to “act quickly to confirm” the nominee once the latest FBI investigation wrapped up.

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