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D.C. Finds Cost of Fighting for Gun Control at Cool Million

Hope it was money well spent. It’s not like it could have gone to helping the poor and less fortunate in one of the nation’s worst areas for income inequality.

The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees as a result of a historic gun case that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dick Heller sued the city in 2003 over its ban on handgun ownership and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in June 2008, saying it violated the Second Amendment.

A federal judge on Thursday issued an opinion awarding Heller’s attorneys $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses.

The attorneys had argued they should be awarded $3.1 million. Attorneys for the city said the figure should be closer to $840,000.

District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, the head of the office that represents the city in legal matters, said in a statement that Heller’s lawyers had requested an “outlandish fee.”

Nathan praised the U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s decision not to accept the full hourly rate the attorneys had requested or the full number of hours they had billed for.

Since the 2008 landmark ruling by the Supreme Court, D.C. has re-wrote its gun ownership laws to allow people to finally have a gun for personal protection.  However, the city has set up a number of restrictions to make buying a gun almost nearly impossible.

Heller has sued the city again over that.  His case is pending in federal court.

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