In the Courts
The documents in Cooke et al. v. Hickenlooper are
available here. Fifty-five Sheriffs,
the Colorado Farm Bureau, disabled citizens, hunting guides, Women for Concealed
Carry, and other plaintiffs have filed suit against the Colorado bills that ban
magazines, and that outlaw some temporary transfers of firearms.
brief in Supreme Court cert. petition in Bakoss v. Lloyd's.
Addresses federalism, and interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act so that
it does not preempt State authority over contract law. July 2013.
Amicus Brief in Jackson v. San Francisco. Independence Institute brief
addresses the proper standard of judicial review in Second Amendment cases.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. February 2013.
Amicus brief in Kerr v. Hickenlooper. Independence Institute and
Cato Institute file brief in support of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. February 2013.
Amicus brief in McKay v.
Hutchens. Law enforcement trainers amicus brief in support of
right to bear arms. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dec. 2012.
Victory in the Colorado Supreme Court! The Court
unanimously rules that the University of Colorado may not
segregate itself from persons who under Colorado state law are
licensed to carry a handgun for lawful defense "everywhere in
for the County Sheriffs of Colorado in
Concealed Carry on Campus v. Regents of the University of of
In Congress and
Testimony on Gun Bills at the Colorado State Capitol. On March 4, Kopel
testified on 5 gun bills. Video of the testimony and Q & A are as follows:
Checks. 13 minutes.
Magazine bans. 19 minutes.
Fee for background checks.
6 minutes. Liability for
manufacturers, sellers. 14 minutes.
Concealed carry permit
rules. 10 minutes. Mar. 4, 2013.
Letter to Sen. Ted
Cruz. Senator Ted Cruz is the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
Letter contains information for the hearing, “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence:
Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment.” PDF. Feb. 8,
Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on gun violence. PDF. Jan. 30, 2013.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
Necessary Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the U.S. Interest. Heritage
Foundation Backgrounder #2861. With Theodore R. Bromund. Dec. 11, 2013.
Ancient Hebrew Militia Law. 90 Denver University Law Review Online 175
Knives and the Second Amendment.
47 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 167 (2013). With Clayton Cramer
and Joseph Olson.
Evolving Christian Attitudes Towards Personal and National Self-defense.
45 Connecticut Law Review 1709 (2013). Analyzes changes in Christian thought about the use of force, from the
19th to the 21st century.
Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects.
6 Albany Government Law Review 306 (2013). With Trevor Burrus.
The American Revolution against British Gun Control.
Administrative and Regulatory Law News (American Bar
Association). Vol. 37, no. 4, Summer 2012.
The Great Gun
Control War of the 20th Century--and its Lessons for Today.
57 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1527 (2012).
How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the
38 Charleston Law Review 283 (2012).
How can we enact meaningful gun control? The Repartee. Debate with Adam Winkler.
Part 1: Background
checks. Part 2: Reading
Part 3: Natural rights. Fall 2013/Winter 2014.
Growth chart of right to carry. The chart shows how Shall Issue laws for the
licensed carrying of firearms for self-defense have become the American norm.
Washington Post. Feb. 17, 2014.
Stand Your Ground had nothing to do with the Dunn verdict in Florida. Stand
Your Ground played zero role in the Michael Dunn “loud music” case. Washington
Post. Feb. 17, 2014.
Ninth Circuit strikes California’s restrictive rule against licensed carry of
handguns. The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego
affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful
protection in public. Washington Post. Feb. 13, 2014.
Meet the Barack Obama of the Volokh Conspiracy. Personality test results in
Kopel most like President Obama. Washington Post. Feb. 7, 2014.
What a Life Can Be: One Therapist’s Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder. Book
Review: “What a Life Can Be: One Therapist’s Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder.”
By Dr. Carolyn Dobbins. Bridgecross Communications. 215 pages. Washington Post.
Jan. 27, 2014.
Hollywood, 'Homefront' and the very real problems facing Interpol. Interpol
is where lazy script-writers turn when they need foreign-sounding cops who are
funnier than the KGB. FoxNews.com. With Theodore R. Bromund. Dec. 11, 2013.
The Battle for a Free
California Rages On. America's 1st Freedom. Dec. 2013.
Tragedy's Playbook: Bloomberg's PR
manual for exploiting crimes. America's 1st
Freedom. Nov. 2013.
Deacons for Defense and
Justice. America's 1st Freedom. Oct. 2013.
Colorado Recalls Explained. Volokh.com. Sept. 11, 2013.
The Long Hard Road to Freedom. How a new "shall issue" law in Illinois
illustrates the long hard road to freedom. America's 1st Freedom. September,
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Kopel at the University of Tennessee. The talk was titled Defining the Reach
of Heller and McDonald: Second Amendment Penumbra and First Amendment
Corollaries. Mar. 1, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out. Rep.
Cory Gardner entering the US Senate Race, Ken Buck leaving Senate Race and
entering Race for Congressional District 4, Judge sets start date for James
Holmes trial, Colorado adopts methane emission standards.
Post game: Arizona Gov.
Jan Brewer's veto on the controversial religious rights proposal. Feb. 28, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out. Gay
Marriage ban lawsuit, Pot tax budget estimates, Scott Gessler and JBC committee
remarks, and CDOT plan for US 36.
Post game: CDOT plan for
US 36. Feb. 21, 2014.
Kopel on The Blaze TV. Discussion
of the current state of right-to-carry laws in the U.S., particularly the
surprising decision from the 9th Circuit. Feb. 17, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
CDOT's contracts for US-36, Jeffco Superintendent resigns, defeated bill for
concealed guns in schools and a lawsuit restricting recreational marijuana ads
in newspapers and magazines. Post game:
Federal documents released today about banking rules for recreational marijuana.
Feb. 14, 2013.
Testimony on Colorado Senate Bill 14-038. Kopel testifies in favor of a bill
to remove the Governor's power to ban the sale, transport, and dispensing of
firearms whenever the Governor declares an emergency. Feb. 10, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
Quinnipiac poll results for Gubernatorial and US Senate Races, Scott Gessler
opts out of future GOP debates, possible changes to same day voter registration
rules, Colorado Superintendents propose funding solutions to schools.
Post game: Quinnipiac
Poll showing current results of the Colorado Statewide races including upcoming
Gubernatorial and US Senate races. Feb. 7, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
Upcoming Governor and Senate campaigns debate over Colorado health care, Senator
Udall's post State of the Union statements, CEA's lawsuit over Senate Bill 191
and the race for the Congressional Dist. 6.
Post game: Voting results
of the farm bill. Jan. 31, 2014.
Kopel on The Blaze TV. Kopel
discusses Obama's recess appointments. 10 min. YouTube.com. Jan. 13, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out. A
look ahead to the major issues of 2014 including high profile election races and
predictions for the 2014 legislature.
Post game: A look at the
non-political issues happening in 2014 including commercial pot shops opening
and the James Holmes trial. Jan. 3, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
The panel takes a look at the major stories and issues in a review of 2013. Dec.
Colorado Inside Out.
Updates in pot laws and readiness for 1-1-14, Rachel Zenzinger named as Hudak's
replacement and Jane Norton endorsing Amy Stephens for US Senate.
Post game: Results from
Democratic focus group regarding the fall recall elections. Dec. 13, 2013.
In the Media
Campus gun ban could be headed to Colorado ballots. Kopel predicts ballot
measure will fail. Associated Press (CO). By Kristen Wyatt. Jan. 2, 2014.
Hawaii Tourists Revel in Sun, Surf and Semiautomatics. Who in Japan owns
firearms? New York Times. By Ashley Parker. Jan. 1, 2014.
'Sister Wives' family winners in Utah polygamy ruling. Quick reminder re:
Brown v. Burnham. Breitbart.com. Dec. 15, 2014.
Colorado gun control: 'they went too far' - expert. Kopel explains why the
recent Colorado gun bills went too far. Voice of Russia. By Crystal Park. Oct. 16,
Un año después de Newtown, EEUU tiene más leyes permisivas con las armas
Agencia EFE. Reprinted:
El Diario (Mexico).
El Comercio (Peru).
Entorno Inteligente (Panama).
Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela).
Boa Informacao (Brazil). Oct. 14, 2013.
Why wasn't Aaron Alexis prosecuted for previous shooting incidents? The
previous incidents weren't taken seriously enough. CBS News. By Julia Dahl.
Sept. 19, 2013.
Navy Yard rampage move the dial on gun control? Kopel comments on the Navy
Yard shooting as it relates to Newtown. CNN.com. By Ashley Killough. Sept. 18,
The Blind Can Carry Guns in Public in Iowa. The legality of issuing gun
permits to the legally blind and visually impaired in Iowa. Lawyers.com. By
Michele Bowman. Sept. 16, 2013.
Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public? Kopel provides
legal context for issuing permits to the legally blind. CBS News. By Julia Dahl.
Sept. 9, 2013.