NRA reaches into courthouses to defend gun rights

The National Rifle Association has enjoyed high profile success over the years in shaping gun rights legislation in Congress and statehouses, in part by campaigning to defeat lawmakers who defied the group.Now, the NRA has added a lesser known strategy to protect its interests: opposing President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees whom it sees as likely to enforce gun control laws. In some cases, the group’s opposition has kept jobs on federal benches unfilled.