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Don B. Kates Jr.
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Don B. Kates is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He received his J.D. from Yale University Law School and has taught constitutional law and lectured on criminology at Stanford University, Oxford University, Saint Louis University School of Law, and the University of Melbourne.

He has previously worked for the late civil rights lawyer William Kunstler (Kunstler & Kinoy) and the California Rural Legal Assistance, where he served as Director of Legal Research and Senior Litigation Attorney. After many years as a private practitioner in San Francisco, Kates is now an associate with the firms Trutanich & Michel and the Law Offices of Donald Kilmer. He also maintains a civil liberties and rights practice that specializes in the right to bear arms.

In addition, he has been Trustee for the Poverty Lawyers for Effective Advocacy, Member of the California State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Director of Litigation and Deputy Director for the San Mateo Legal Aid Society, Police Legal Advisor for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, Research Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, and consultant to the legal services program for the cities of Seattle and Berkeley and the state of Alaska. During the recent Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, Kates served as an advisor to the council in the Court of Appeals.

His books include Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control, Restricting Handguns: The Liberal Skeptics Speak Out, Firearms and Violence: Issues of Public Policy, and The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms and Violence (with Gary Kleck). He has also contributed to numerous scholarly journals, such as the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, American Journal of Criminal Law, Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, and Constitutional Commentary.

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Don Kates on the San Francisco Gun Ban Lawsuit September 10, 2008
What the Second Amendment Means Today July 2, 2008

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What the Second Amendment Means Today July 2, 2008

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What the Second Amendment Means Today July 2, 2008
Guns and Violent Crime September 21, 1999
What to Do About Crime January 19, 1995
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Gun Free Zones May 14, 2013
The Criminology of Firearms March 1, 2013
Sonia Sotomayor Unfit for the Supreme Court July 17, 2009
Gun Control Restricts Those Least Likely to Commit Violent Crimes April 6, 2009
Gun Rights for Felons? July 22, 2008
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