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Posted: 5/9/2003 2:54:00 AM EST
[url]http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32474[/url] A noted libertarian think tank has asked a federal court to bar the National Rifle Association from participating in a lawsuit challenging Washington, D.C.'s total ban on handguns. A pair of scholars from the CATO Institute filed suit in federal court in Washington, D.C. earlier this year on behalf of six plaintiffs who are challenging the constitutionality of the District's ban on handguns. Last month, NRA attorneys Stephen Halbrook and Richard Gardiner filed a motion to have the court consolidate CATO's suit and a separate but similar suit filed by the NRA. (Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat to open this file). The request has drawn the ire of CATO attorneys Alan Gura and Robert Levy, however, leading them to file a motion with the court May 1 to have NRA's request denied. "The motion to consolidate should be denied because it is untimely, ill-conceived and inappropriate," the attorneys wrote. The NRA joined plaintiffs Sandra Seegars, Gardine Hailes, Absalom Jordan Jr., Carmela Brown and Robert Hemphill April 4; CATO lawyers filed their suit on behalf of these five plaintiffs and "lead plaintiff" Shelly Parker Feb. 10. But, CATO attorneys said, "allowing the Seegars plaintiffs to join this litigation would substantially and unnecessarily complicate what is presently a straightforward single-issue case. "By adding a variety of extraneous claims to a case that is nearly ready for summary disposition, the Seegars plaintiffs would impede this court in resolving the narrow issue presented in the Parker litigation and substantially prejudice the Parker plaintiffs by delaying resolution of their claim," CATO attorneys claim. "The Seegars plaintiffs' attempt to participate in this case is motivated not by a bona fide desire to adjudicate their claims, but by the improper strategic goals of their sponsor, the National Rifle Association," said the think tank's legal team. More..............
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