David I. Caplan
Just received word that David I. Caplan, formerly of New York & New Jersey, then retired to Florida, died this last week.
Dr. Caplan (he held a PhD plus his law degree, and thus had the "Dr." legit) was author of what I count as the first "modern" law review article on the Second Amendment, dating back to 1974, and was a member of the NRA Board for a great many years (30+ as I recall).
A mutual friend reminded me that his greatest service probably came in the days leading up to the "Cincinatti Revolt," 1977, when his skill, and that of his wife Susan, in New York nonprofit law was so valuable, NRA being a New York nonprofit. For those too young to recall that battle, it was the defining moment of the modern NRA. One side (until then, dominant) wanted to withdraw from politics, move HQ to the big spread of land near Raton Pass, and ensure NRA remained a sporting organization with little or no politics. The other, the "Federation," wanted to ensure a major political presense. At a major battle at the annual meeting in Cincinatti, the Federation overturned the powers that be, and the result was formation of ILA and the NRA as we know it nearly forty years later.