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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

State Association Amicus Brief Filed With Supreme Court

I posted recently that VSSA was joining with other state associations to file an amicus (Friend of the Court) brief on behalf of Richard Heller in District of Columbia vs. Heller (the D.C. gun ban case). The brief was filed with the Supreme Court of the United States on February 11. A total of 40 state associations joined the brief.

This effort would not have been possible without the coordination of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) and without the generous financial support of VSSA members. VSSA sent a special email asking for a special contribution because the association had not budgeted for this expence when it approved the 2008 budget. VSSA works hard to not go to the membership for numerous fundraising appeals. We send one mailing every year to help underwrite our lobbying efforts. However, the Board felt it was important to be a part of this amicus brief and work to overturn the DC gun ban. It was decided to send an email in an attempt to raise the funds that the Board voted to commit to this effort. VSSA members answered the call and the association met it's goal of financial support for its portion of the attorney fees for the drafting and submission of the brief.

To all VSSA members who contributed, I say thank you for your support. You have made it possible for VSSA to be a part of history.

You can read the brief here.

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