Gun rights advocacy loses giant.

Author:Codrea, David

As this issue goes to press, GUNS Magazine has learned of the passing of Don B. Kates, Jr. at the age of 75. In addition to his work in academia and constitutional and criminal law, Kates, known in Second Amendment circles as "a liberal against banning guns," had worked in the South as a civil rights attorney for lawyer William Kunstler.

Called "the father of the modern Second Amendment revival," Kates was credited with reintroducing the Founding Fathers' view of the right to keep and bear arms into the scholarly and legal battle to protect it. His landmark 1983 "Handgun Prohibition and the Original Meaning of the Second Amendment" and law review articles have "been heavily cited both by courts and by scholars," UCLA Law School Prof. Eugene Volokh noted in a memorial tribute published in The Washington Post.

"Kates was a nearly lone voice in the constitutional law wilderness," Second Amendment attorney Chuck Michel recalled in a 2014 profile. "All the scholarship Kates indirectly ignited eventually...

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