Dave Kopel

– January 7, 1960
–  2008 appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court .presenting the oral argument in District of Columbia v. Heller
– His Heller amicus brief was cited four times in the Court’s Heller opinions
– His brief in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) was cited by Justice Alito’s plurality opinion, and twice by Justice – Stevens’ dissent


Dick Heller


– took his 2A-based legal case all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States
– His case impacted the legal interpretation of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution, the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected with service in a militia

A licensed special police officer for the District of Columbia.
– Heller carried a gun in federal office buildings, but was not allowed to have one in his home
– Robert A. Levy and Alan Gura were counsel for Heller
– 1984 founded the “Children’s Birthright Trust Fund” – a charity that supports and raises funds for youth projects, such as computer access
– 2004 until 2011 served as the Treasurer of the D.C. Libertarian Party

Don Kates

(January 26, 1941 – November 1, 2016)
– 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller, served as an adviser to the council in the Court of Appeals
– Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence or Pandemic of Propaganda?

– Armed: New Perspectives On Gun Control
– Restricting Handguns: The Liberal Skeptics Speak Out
– Firearms and Violence: Issues of Public Policy
– The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms and Violence
– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Kates
– https://www.cato.org/blog/watch-don-kates-quarter-century-washington-post-put-him-its-front-page
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWzgzBZyySY

Don Kates