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Criminal Justice & U.S. Const. amends. 4-10

Digital Economy


Health, Education & Welfare



Media and 1st Amendment


Right to Arms: Policy issues

Right to Arms: Law, history, politics

Right to Arms: International

Terrorism (& Fahrenheit 9/11)



Newspaper & magazines articles: 2007 to present; 2001-2006; 1986-2000.

Books, law review articles, other scholarly publications.

Blogging 2014-present. Archive.

Video archive

Audio archive

Briefs and legal citations

SSRN author page. Google Scholar. DU Law faculty page.

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Kopel blogging for the Washington Post's "Volokh Conspiracy"

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Kopel's Law & Liberty News. Twice-daily web newspaper collecting articles from Kopel and those whom he follows on Twitter.


Author page on Amazon.

Forthcoming book by Kopel: The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO).

Rules for State Legislators: Jerry Kopel's Guide (2015). With Jerry Kopel.

The Truth about Gun Control (Encounter Books, 2013). Who is sovereign in the United States? Is it the people themselves, or is it an elite determined to rule citizens who are seen as incapable of making choices about their own lives? This is the central question in the American gun-control debate. Animated video featuring a section of the book. 4 minutes.

A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Affordable Care Act (Palgrave MacMillan). The legal scholars who fought and defeated the unconstitutional power grab.

Firearms Law & the Second Amendment; Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Publishers 2012). The first law school textbook on the Second Amendment. Buy from Amazon. Publisher webpage for book. Authors' website for book; includes Table of Contents, and Preface.

Supplement online chapters, free to the public: Chapter 12 – Social Science. Chapter 13 – International Law. Chapter 14 – Comparative Law. 2015 supplement now available.

Podcasts on the book:

  • Chapter 7. A New and Dangerous Century.
  • Chapter 6. Reconstruction and the late 19th Century.
  • Chapter 5. The Early Republic, and the Antebellum Era.
  • Chapter 4. The new Constitution and the Second Amendment.
  • Chapter 3. The Colonies and the Revolution.
  • Chapter 2. Antecedents of the Second Amendment: From Confucius to the British Whigs.
  • Chapter 1. An introduction to firearms laws and firearms function. 

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Jerry Kopel

JerryKopel.com. My father's essays on Colorado and national politics, based on his 22 years of service as a Colorado State Representative.

About Kopel, and contact info

Brandon Marshall's antics. Trump leads Clinton in Colorado. Bogus study on minimum wage hike evades unemployment problem. Denver's 2017 budget proposal.

Colorado Inside Out. 1876 Time Machine episode. Set in November 1876, the cast includes Mrs. Augusta Tabor (Patty Calhous); U.S. Democratic Rep. Thomas Patterson (David Kopel); Colorado First Lady Mrs. John Routt (Natasha Gardner), and Rocky Mountain News Publisher William Byers (Kevin Flynn).

Short articles

Why the anti-tyranny case for the 2nd Amendment shouldn't be dismissed so quickly. Vox. Aug. 22, 2016.

How Gun Control Led to Genocide in this Small European Country. The story of Bosnia. Conservative Review. Aug. 8, 2016. by Jasmin Dolamic, former Ind. Inst. intern.

Algernon Sidney: A father of the Declaration of Independence. Washington Post. July 3, 2016.

Origins of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Rutherford’s ‘Lex, Rex.’ Washington Post. July 2, 2016.

The history of LGBT gun-rights litigation. Washington Post. June 17, 2016.

Peruta v. San Diego, analyzed. Washington Post. June 11, 2016.

1972, Richard Nixon Defeats George McGovern: Watergate. Constituting America. June 9, 2016.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act: Facts and policy. Washington Post. May 24, 2016.

Good guys with guns: Former Interpol chief Ron Noble on the Westgate Mall mass shooting. Washington Post. May 16, 2016.

9th Circuit opinion on rights of gun stores applies standard, rigorous Second Amendment doctrines. Washington Post. May 16, 2016.

The Federal Circuits’ Second Amendment Doctrines. Washington Post. April 22, 2016.

In the Media

Gun Control Debate Needs Public Choice Theory. The Heartland Institute. Aug. 8, 2016.

Setting Our Sights on New Approaches: A Lesson on Gun Control. Big Think. Aug. 7, 2016. by Arpan Bhattacharyya.

The Evidence Of Faith's Substance: Christianity & the Constitution. Lee's Summit Tribune. Aug. 7, 2016.

How a stable home life can help prevent mass violence. Deseret News. Aug. 5, 2016. by Chandra Johnson.

Is SCOTUS a Good Reason to Support Trump? Libertarian and Conservative Legal Experts Weigh In. Reason. Aug. 1, 2016. by Damon Root.

Law and order issues make a political comeback. Washington Examiner. July 31, 2016. by Sean Higgins.

Las claves de la Convención Nacional Republicana. La Razón (Spain). July 18, 2016. by Paloma Rey-Stolle.

Television, Radio, Podcasts  

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 16, 2016. Full episode. Brandon Marshall's antics. Trump leads Clinton in Colorado. Bogus study on minimum wage hike evades unemployment problem. Denver's 2017 budget proposal. Postgame: State Board of Education lifts ban on diet soda.

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 2, 2016. Aurora victims may appeal. Trump visists Mexico. Anti-fracking initiatives fail to qualiy for ballot. Battle over Blue Book wording. Postgame: Denver ballot measure on marijuana consumption locations.

A look at gun control around the world: why it works in Japan. "Take Two," on KPCC radio, Pasadena, California. July 8, 2016.

Colorado Inside Out. July 1, 2016. 1876 time machine episode. Set in November 1876, the cast includes Mrs. Augusta Tabor (Patty Calhoun); U.S. Democratic Rep. Thomas Patterson (David Kopel); Colorado First Lady Mrs. John Routt (Natasha Gardner), and Rocky Mountain News Publisher William Byers (Kevin Flynn). Topics include Custer's Last Stand, railroads and economic problems, and the contested presidential election results.

Gun Control and the Second Amendment. "All Sides," on WOSU Radio, Columbus, Ohio. June 23, 2016. With Robert Spitzer.

US Senate to vote on new gun control measures. "RN Breakfast," on ABC radio, Australia. Presented by Fran Kellly. June 21, 2016.

Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio ("Talk Radio for Catholic Life"). June 15, 2016. Starts at 31:00.

Latest Monographs & Journal articles

The Federal Circuits’ Second Amendment Doctrines. St. Louis University Law Journal (2017 forthcoming). With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

Licensed Handgun Carry for Young Adults Serving in the Armed Forces. Independence Institute, Issue Paper no. 1-2016.

The First Century of Right to Arms Litigation. 14 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (forthcoming 2016).

Lyman Trumbull: Author of the Thirteenth Amendment, Author of the Civil Rights Act, and the First Second Amendment Lawyer. 47 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 1117 (2016).

Background Checks for Firearms Sales and Loans: Law, History, and Policy. 53 Harvard Journal on Legislation 303 (2015).

The Costs and Consequences of Gun Control. Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 784 (Dec. 1, 2015).

Book review of "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible." 35 Cato Journal 443 (2015).

Reforming Mental Health Law to Protect Public Safety and Help the Severely Mentally Ill. 58 Howard Law Journal 715 (2015). With Clayton Cramer.

The History of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition. 88 Albany Law Review 849 (2015).

The Posse Comitatus and the Office of Sheriff: Armed Citizens Summoned to the Aid of Law Enforcement. 104 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 671 (2015).

In the Courts

Wrenn v. District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit). Amicus brief of legal historians explains that peaceable carrying of arms was lawful in the American colonies, in the Early Republic, and in the vast majority of the United States through 1900.

Sheriffs' reply brief in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. May 29, 2015. Governor Hickenlooper's arguments in favor of the magazine ban demonstrate its unconstitutionality.

Peruta v. San Diego. April 30, 2015. En banc rehearing before the 9th Circuit. Amicus brief for the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association. Explains the empirical evidence showing that licensed handgun carry strengthens public safety.

Sheriffs brief in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jan. 16, 2015. The website for the Colorado Sheriffs' federal civil rights lawsuit against the 2013 Bloomberg anti-gun bills is here.


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