Alumnus Levy Profiled in Washington Post for Role in Landmark Case
Mason Law distinguished alumnus Robert A. Levy ('94) was the subject of a front page Washington Post story on Sunday, March 18. Levy made news earlier this month as the driving force behind a civil lawsuit in which the District of Columbia's 31-year-old ban on firearms was struck down by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
As one of three lead plaintiffs' attorneys in Parker v. District of Columbia, Levy explains that his motivation for bringing the suit was grounded in a desire to protect personal liberties, which he believes the D.C. law violated, noting that he has never and does not plan ever to own a firearm. He also shares insights into how his legal team was assembled and how the plaintiffs were selected.
Lawyer Who Wiped Out D.C. Ban Says It's About Liberties, Not Guns, Washington Post, March 18, 2007. By Paul Duggan.
"To Levy the libertarian, though, the effectiveness of the law -- its success or failure in curbing crime -- isn't the core issue. What matters most to him is whether the statute unjustly infringes on personal liberties. He doesn't dispute that 'reasonable' gun controls are permissible under the Second Amendment. But the District's law amounts to 'an outright prohibition,' Levy said, and 'that offends my constitutional sensibilities.'"