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Jan. 6, 2009

Law school hosts attorney who led Supreme Court fight against gun ban

Alan Gura, the attorney whose argument persuaded the Supreme Court last year to strike down one of the country's most stringent firearms bans, will discuss his litigation in the case when he visits the University of Iowa College of Law Monday, Jan. 12.

Gura will also discuss the originalist theories of the Second Amendment when he speaks at 12:40 p.m. in Room 115 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Gura was the lead attorney in the case District of Columbia v. Heller, which was heard by the Supreme Court last March and decided in June. At issue was a law restricting gun ownership by residents of Washington, D.C.

Supporting Gura's argument, the Court issued a wide-ranging landmark ruling that struck down the law by saying that it violated the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms for the purposes of an individual's self-defense.

As a result of the decision, lawsuits to overturn gun laws -- such as Gura's current effort in Chicago -- are being filed in other cities that have similar gun ownership restrictions.

Gura is a partner in the Alexandria, Va. law firm of Gura & Possessky. He was 37 years old at the time of last spring's oral arguments, making him one of the youngest attorneys ever to argue such a significant case before the Supreme Court.

His appearance at the UI College of Law is sponsored by the Federalist Society.

For more information on this event, contact Tim Hilton at or call 417-718-3487. For special accommodations to attend this discussion, call 319-335-9034.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell),