Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), was grinning from ear to ear at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. What was the reason for all of his jubilation? The Washington Times reported on February 11 that it was the $399,950 check begrudgingly signed by Chicago Mayor and former President Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
The check was payment for the cost of fighting the Chicago handgun ban in the Supreme Court case McDonald v. City of Chicago. Gottlieb had the check blown up to a large size to display to fellow attendees at the annual CPAC event. Getting the check was a bittersweet moment for Gottlieb in his lifelong quest to litigate for gun rights, because the fight is ongoing.
This is just a recent win for his organization, which has other legal successes under its belt. Gottlieb still has the first check that was written to reimburse legal fees and associated expenses mounted on the wall at SAF headquarters. It was $50,000 from the city of Los Angeles. Gottlieb is also expecting $12,000 from Omaha, Nebraska, for legal costs over that city’s onerous gun-control legislation.
The SAF has over 20 cases against states and cities filed in federal court, which most likely means more big checks coming SAF’s way. Will Rahm be signing his John Hancock on any more checks with SAF’s name on them? Gottleib gleefully told the Washington Times: “They’re going to owe us money as well for Ezell v. Chicago (a suit over Chicago’s gun range restrictions) so this isn’t the first check Rahm Emanuel is going to have to sign to us.”