BELLEVUE, WA – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer should apologize to the Supreme Court and then resign and go back to Brooklyn for threatening Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh by name, during a rally, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“Can you imagine the reaction if a Republican senator had made a similar remark about Justices Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan at a gun rights rally,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb wondered. “This is the real Chuck Schumer, a Capitol Hill bully who has engaged in political demagoguery for decades in an effort to crush the Second Amendment and silence citizens and organizations who have defended the right to bear arms.”

Thursday morning, Sen. Schumer reportedly tried to walk back his remarks, saying, “I should not have used the words I used yesterday.”

“The First Amendment protects speech,” Gottlieb noted, “except when used to threaten someone. How would Chuck Schumer react if our office declared the Second Amendment protects the public from people like him? He would probably whine that some ‘gun nuts’ had threatened him.”

Gottlieb concurred with comments made by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who reminded his colleagues that a group of four anti-gun-rights senators also threatened the high court last summer in a brief relating to a Second Amendment case challenging an egregious New York City gun control law.

“Intimidation and thuggish behavior seems to be a pattern among anti-gun Democrats in the Senate,” Gottlieb observed. “Regardless the issue, nobody of Schumer’s stature should ever engage in the kind of boorishness that produced the senator’s vile remarks. Schumer’s problem is that he’s made a habit of it, and he’s always gotten a pass. Maybe that might come to a halt after being rebuked by McConnell, but unfortunately, I doubt it.

“Chuck Schumer has made a career of trying to bully gun owners and gun rights groups, but yesterday he crossed the line,” Gottlieb said. “What Schumer did wasn’t just disgusting, it was despicable. He should hand in his resignation, the sooner the better.”