October 2008

Downrange: 10/08

The Bill For Heller: $3.5 Million

I’m not suggesting you do what I’ve done, but I thought I’d tell you what I did anyway. I sent a $20 check to Robert A. Levy of the Cato Institute, one of the attorneys who won the Heller Supreme Court decision, along with a note thanking his team for their efforts. My contribution to the effort was a small, miniscule drop in the bucket to help retire the $3.5 million legal bill that helped win District of Columbia v. Heller, which affirmed our Second Amendment rights earlier this year. In a motion and memorandum asking for their legal fees to be paid by the District, the attorneys for our side said that they had achieved 'one of the most profound and important victories available under our system of justice.' Our team was made up of Alexandria attorneys Alan Gura and Clark M. Neily III, plus Robert A. Levy of the Cato Institute, 'who also personally bore all the expenses of the litigation,' according to the document filed with the court.

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