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 ying 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. Please sign the Guestbook at www.legacy.com/washingtontimes