Gun Grabber Denied Seat on DC Federal Appeals Court – It didn’t garner much media attention, but Second Amendment advocates won a significant victory on Dec. 6 when Republican Senators blocked President Barack Obama’s nomination of a former New York state solicitor general to serve on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan failed in a 54-45 vote – six ‘yeas’ short of the 60 required. Republicans opposed Halligan because of her work against gun rights and pro-abortion stances. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to vote with Democrats.