Heller & McDonald court decision anniversaries this week
BILLINGS, Mont. – Montanans enjoy stronger gun rights on the anniversary of landmark Supreme Court decisions thanks to a fight waged by Jon Tester against local gun restrictions.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Court’s decision District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down a controversial handgun ban in the city of Washington, D.C.
In 2008, Tester worked together with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to author a congressional “Friend of the Court” brief, encouraging justices to rule in favor of stronger gun rights in the case. [AP, 6/26/08]
Tester and Hutchison then teamed up again to write the congressional Friend of the Court brief in the landmark gun rights case McDonald v. Chicago [The Hill, 10/7/09]. A record 309 members of Congress signed Tester’s brief.
The second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s McDonald v. Chicago ruling, again in favor of stronger gun rights, falls on Thursday.
Tester’s advocacy in both cases was recognized by the National Rifle Association on behalf of Montana gun owners.
“I would especially like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of… U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Jon Tester (D-MT)…for their work on this important effort,” said the NRA’s Chris Cox of Tester’s work in the McDonald v. Chicago decision. “This brief boasts the most signers of a congressional amicus brief in the history of the Supreme Court — breaking the record set just last year in the Heller case.”