Dane vonBreichenruchardt

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Dane vonBreichenruchardt - Founder, Past President, Deceased


Dane vonBreichenruchardt, Constitutional Scholar and Second Amendment Advocate, died peacefully in his sleep after a short illness, at the age of 71 on March 24, 2017 in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Dane served in the U.S. Army as a military pilot, was severely wounded while flying a rescue helicopter in Vietnam, and was a disabled veteran. He then became a "Flying Medic" with the 986th Helicopter Ambulance Detachment of the Virginia Army National Guard in the 70's and worked as an aviation instructor with the U.S. Army National Guard until 1983.

While in the military, Dane was also active in competitive shooting and was a member of the U.S. Air Force and VA Guard's state pistol team. He was a member of the "President's Hundred" at the U.S. National Shooting Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, ranking him as one of the top 100 of pistol marksmen in the in the U.S.

After returning from active military duty and graduation from college he went on to become the Director of the Cardio-pulmonary Departments at the Camden Hospital in Maine and the Rappahannock General Hospital in Virginia.

Upon moving to Washington, D.C. in 1993, Dane founded the United States Bill of Rights Foundation and attended Georgetown Law School for the sole purpose of supporting challenges to the District of Columbia's restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. As a Heritage Foundation Constitutional expert, Dane will be remembered as the architect of the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court case which established the Second Amendment as a Constitutional, Enumerated, Individual Right in the case of "District of Columbia vs. Heller."

He was a special friend to many, a brilliant scholar, and his passing creates a great loss to the world of Constitutional Advocacy. He will be greatly missed.

Dane vonBreichenruchardt founded the U. S. Bill of Rights Foundation in 1996 in Washington DC.

The Foundation is a non-partisan public interest advocacy organization seeking remedies at law and public policy improvements on targeted issues that contravene the Bill of Rights & related Constitutional law.

He served on the "Heritage Foundation's Public Interest law Group" and the "Over Criminalization Work Group" and was listed with the Heritage Foundation as a Policy Expert on an array of topics including:

  • Right-to-life issues
  • Government debt
  • Congress
  • Unfunded mandates
  • Federalism
  • Property rights
  • Second Amendment
  • Taxation/tax reform
  • Privacy
  • Regulatory reform
  • Public interest law
  • Judiciary
  • Constitutional law
  • Government waste
  • Executive branch/the presidency

He was a partner in the "Liberty Coalition" and the "National Whistle Blower Center" among many other watchdog, policy and privacy groups.

Dane joined with the "Washington D.C. Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society" to teach constitutional law subjects to high school students in a program entitled  "Constitution in the Classroom Project."

He also served as an Associate Policy Researcher for the American Conservative Defense Alliance in Washington DC.                                                                                 

Mr. vonBreichenruchardt  was an aviation instructor and taught students from both Europe and the U.S.

Upon his returning from active military duty and graduation from college he went on to become department director of cardio-pulmonary physiology in several hospitals in the U.S.

Dane competed on U.S. Air Force pistol Teams, the U.S. All Guard National Guard Pistol Team and qualified for the U.S. Shooting team.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and the Army National guard until 1983.