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Kagan: Scalia took me 'big-game hunting'

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Kagan said she began hunting with Scalia to fulfill a promise she made during her confirmation process, during which she fielded questions about her views on the Second Amendment.


"Quite a lot of [lawmakers], both Republicans and Democrats, ask about your view on the Second Amendment. ... They'll say, 'Have you ever held a gun?' " Kagan said. "I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and this was not something we really did."

Kagan said she promised one lawmaker that if she was "lucky enough to be confirmed," she would ask Scalia to take her hunting.

"He thought it was hilarious, he thought it was a total crackup," Kagan said of Scalia's response when she attempted to fulfill the promise.

The Supreme Court justice, who just wrapped up one of the more contentious terms, with high-profile cases on the Voting Rights Act and same-sex marriage, admitted that following a grueling session, justices "might need a vacation from one another." But she said her hunting trips with Scalia were indicative of how the justices respected one another despite ideological differences.

"On today's court there are true and genuine friendships," Kagan said.