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DC ordered to pay $1M in historic gun case

DC ordered to pay more than $1M in attorneys' fees from gun case decided by Supreme Court By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in attorneys' fees as a result of a historic gun case that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dick Heller sued the city in 2003 over its ban on handgun ownership and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in June 2008, saying it violated the Second Amendment.

A federal judge on Thursday issued a 65-page opinion awarding Heller's attorneys $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses. The attorneys had argued they should be awarded $3.1 million. Attorneys for the city said the figure should be closer to $840,000.

A spokesman for the D.C. Office of the Attorney General said city lawyers were studying the opinion. A message for Heller's lead lawyer, Alan Gura, wasn't immediately returned.

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