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When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down Washington’s gun ban in March in Parker v. District of Columbia, Georgetown University Law Center student Michael Stollenwerk decided to start a student group — the Georgetown Law-Militia. Its mission is to foster “greater awareness of legal issues concerning the right to keep and bear arms and the human right of self-defense.” Its inaugural meeting was last week. About 30 students came, though at least a couple said they were only there because they recently participated in a moot court exercise on the Parker case. They wanted to hear the speaker at the meeting, Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky. He was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Parker (on appeal known as District of Columbia v. Heller) and will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court if the Court chooses to review the District’s appeal. One of those students, Jim Maltese, is pro-gun control. “I’m not going to join the militia group. That much I know,” he says. But Stollenwerk, a third-year student, has big plans. This semester, he says the group will discuss legal issues, but next semester, he plans to examine practical matters, such as, “How do you legally own a machine gun?” Stollenwerk also co-founded a Web site called opencarry.org that maps out where in the United States people can carry unconcealed firearms and at what age.
Marisa McQuilken can be contacted at [email protected].

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