Alan Gura, the lawyer in our case against the District of Columbia government’s ban on the ownership of firearms in the District, has just sent me and my fellow plaintiffs a notice of the status of the case, which is moving (albeit slowly) forward. The issues have been complicated by the filing by the National Rifle Association (of which I was once a member) of a rival suit. The court had ruled against that case (which was not as narrowly focused as ours and gave the court plenty of options to dismiss the plaintiffs as not having standing) and the NRA’s lawyers sought reconsideration by the full circuit court. The court declined. Our lawyers have been ordered to file further motions to govern the future of our case. I’m not superstitious, so I’m not going to keep my fingers crossed, but I am going to keep my copy of the Bill of Rights handy.