UPDATE: Mr. Gottlieb emailed to let me know he does also collect stamps.
Some people collect stamps. Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), collects checks from governments that try to curtail citizens’ right to bear arms. Last week, he received a check for $399,950 signed by Chicago mayor and former President Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in payment for the cost of fighting the windy city’s handgun ban in Supreme Court case McDonald v. City of Chicago. But this is just a start.
“They’re going to owe us money as well for Ezell v. Chicago (a suit over Chicago’s gun range restrictions) so this isn’t the first check Rahm Emanuel is going to have to sign to us,” he gleefully told me on Thursday at CPAC.
Mr. Gottlieb is looking forward to adding to his collection. His first check, a copy of which is mounted on the wall at headquarters, was for $50,000 from Los Angeles. It was cut to repay SAF for defense costs in a case over the angelic city’s unlawful refusal to give interested citizens the application for concealed carry firearm permits. Next week, Mr. Gottleib will get $12,000 from Omaha, Neb., for case costs over the city’s blocking legal residents from registering their firearms.
“We’re going to have a third scalp, so to speak, to hang on our wall” – and that’s just for resolved cases. The Second Amendment Foundation currently has over 20 other cases against states and cities filed in federal court. This means more big checks for Mr. Gottlieb’s collection.