BELLEVUE, WA – President Donald Trump’s first round of federal court nominees “looks very promising,” and provides strong evidence that the president is determined to fulfill one of his most important campaign pledges, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“We will fully vet each nominee,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “but at this point, it appears that Donald Trump is fulfilling his commitment to bring balance to the federal courts by nominating judges who adhere to the constitution rather than try to reinvent it to fit their own political agendas.”

SAF recently launched its Judicial Accountability Project, reminding American gun owners that “Black Robes Matter.” There are more than 120 federal court vacancies that President Trump can fill. They are lifetime appointments and these judges will decide on issues including local, state and federal gun control laws.

“Like it or not,” Gottlieb observed, “the Courts have the final say whether you have gun rights or not. I know this first hand. The Second Amendment Foundation’s legal cases have accounted for about 80 percent of the case law that protects your individual right to keep and bear arms.”

That is why SAF launched the Judicial Accountability Project. The Second Amendment community must be able to fully vet every individual being considered for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench, Gottlieb noted. He said several gun rights activists and pro-gun civil rights attorneys and legal scholars asked the foundation to “take the lead” on this effort.

“We cannot risk the Second Amendment by being lethargic and disinterested in those individuals who will have the authority and responsibility to judge the merits of gun rights cases brought to the courts,” Gottlieb said.

One thing that impressed him was a New York Times report about how anti-gun “liberal groups expressed alarm” at Trump’s nominees.

“The louder liberal anti-gunners complain about federal court nominees,” he stated, “the better the odds that these nominees will bring the proper perspective about the Bill of Rights to the bench.”

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