BELLEVUE, WA – Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh is “highly qualified” to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Second Amendment Foundation said today, expressing hopes that the Senate will swiftly confirm the 53-year-old jurist to the high court bench.

“We have looked at Judge Kavanaugh’s record, as a White House associate under President George W. Bush, and as a clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy, and can find no fault with his background,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It’s our opinion that President Donald Trump has made an excellent choice in his nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, and he would have a difficult time finding another candidate with his experience.”

Judge Kavanaugh was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland. Gottlieb noted Judge Kavanaugh’s 11 years of service in the D.C. Circuit have definitely prepared him for a seat on the nation’s highest court, should his nomination be confirmed.

“One simply does not find a legal mind of such experience on every street corner,” Gottlieb observed. “He must be quickly confirmed so Judge Kavanaugh can ‘hit the ground running’ when the Supreme Court begins its next session on the first Monday in October.

“We think Second Amendment advocates and scholars in particular should appreciate what appears to be Judge Kavanaugh’s keen understanding of that enumerated right,” he continued. “We are confident that he wouldn’t be inventing new interpretations of any tenet of the Bill of Rights, and that he will look with fairness and objectivity at every case that comes before the court.

“Earlier we applauded President Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh,” Gottlieb concluded. “Today, we offer the president our congratulations on finding, and sticking with, a superb candidate for one of the toughest and most important jobs in the United States.”