The Warsaw ghetto uprising: Armed Jews vs. Nazis. Washington Post. Oct. 10, 2015.
Amicus brief on history of right to carry, in Wrenn v. DC. In D.C. Circuit case, legal historians' amicus brief explains that peaceable arms carrying was legal and common in Early America and in the 19th century. Washington Post. Oct. 9, 2015.
D.C. gun registration law ruled partly unconstitutional. Federal appeals court declares that much of D.C.'s gun registration law violates the Second Amendment. Washington Post. Sept. 18, 2015.
Sons of Heller. America's 1st Freedom. August 2015. Some of the lesser-known federal court decisions which have protected Second Amendment rights.
Why does Volokh Conspiracy rank low in searches for “cheap apartment for sale in brazil”? Washington Post. July 27, 2015.
A survey of legislation on Second Amendment issues in 2015. Washington Post. July 20, 2015. So far this year, 28 states have enacted legislation which expands protections of Second Amendment rights, and one state has enacted legislation to reduce those rights.
You may feel some pressure. America's 1st Freedom. July 2015. Why are doctors asking you if you any guns at home? What will happen if you tell them it's none of their business?
In the Media
Gun control will create vulnerable UCF campus. Central Florida Future. Oct. 9, 2015.
The truth about mental illness in America. Communities Digital News. Oct. 6, 2015.
Obama: More gun laws means fewer gun deaths. Politifact. Oct. 6, 2015.
Hillary Clinton’s Gun-Control Plan Is a Missed Opportunity. National Review Online. Oct. 5, 2015.
Libertarians, Latino activists, sheriffs union members unite: Elect Denver Sheriff. Colorado Independent. Sept 30, 2015.
Colorado Sheriffs Move Forward With Challenge Of State Gun Laws. CBS 4 Denver. Sept. 28, 2015.
Colorado’s strict 2013 gun laws back in federal court. Guns.com. Sept. 29, 2015.
Denver Airport Puts Chick-fil-A on Hold Over CEO’s Marriage Stance. National Catholic Register. Aug. 27, 2015.
In Colorado, two mass shootings haven't stopped attacks on gun control. High Country News. Aug. 20, 2015.
Tenativas de controle de armas nos EUA tiveram efeito contrario. O Estado de S. Paulo. Por Renata Tranches. 16 Agosto, 2015.
Controversy over officer in Chattanooga shooting: Should Pentagon change policy? Christian Science Monitor. Aug. 4, 2015.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 9, 2015. Full episode. U.S. House Speaker chaos. Denver plan for $130 million in corporate welfare for Stock Show. Hickenlooper's poor plan on global warming. Terrance Roberts not guilty. Post-game: Jeffco School Board's Ken Witt uses political stunt to rebut phony claim that he violated Open Meetings Act.
Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 2, 2015. Full episode. Frontier Airlines prospering. Silly Newsweek cover story attempts to explain Colorado poitics. Hickenlooper & Lamm acknowledge Hillary's credibility gap. Brauchler not running for Senate. Post-game: Boulder rescinds harmful bike lane changes.
"Heller 2" at the DC Circuit Court. Cato Institute podcast. Sept. 23, 2015.
Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 18, 2015. Full episode. Pot tax holiday, CNN GOP presidential debate, Denver budget, Hickenlooper plans $100M for bikes. Postgame: Polis's foolish comments on rights of students falsely accused of rape.
American Constitution Society. June 12, 2015. Panel on Skewed Justice: How Money in Judicial Elections is Undermining our Criminal Justice System.
Guns, Law and Society: Understanding the Arguments. Dart Center. Arizona State University. May 29, 2015.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
Book review of "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible." 35 Cato Journal 443 (2015).
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, issue 4 (forthcoming 2016).
Reforming Mental Health Law to Protect Public Safety and Help the Severely Mentally Ill. 59 Howard Law Journal (2015, forthcoming). With Clayton Cramer.
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).
The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.
81 Tennessee Law Review
Does the Second Amendment Protect
Firearms Commerce? 127 Harvard Law Review 230 (2014).
From Razing a Village to Razing the Constitution: The Branch Davidian Stand-Off
Twenty Years Later. 36 Reason Papers 72 (2014). With Paul Blackman.
Necessary Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the U.S. Interest. Heritage
Foundation Backgrounder #2861. With Theodore R. Bromund. Dec. 11, 2013.
Knives and the Second Amendment.
47 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 175 (2013). With Clayton Cramer
and Joseph Olson.
Mexico’s Gun Control Laws: A Model
for the United States? 18 Texas Review of Law & Politics 27 (2013).
Ancient Hebrew Militia Law. 90 Denver University Law Review Online 175
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.
In Congress and Legislatures
Colorado House of Representatives. State Affairs Committee. Feb. 2, 2015. Testimony in favor of: Civil immunity for businesses that allow licensed carry; Repeal of Colorado magazine ban; Repeal of prohibition on firearm loans that are not routed through FFLs; Enactment of “shall certify” for acquisition of NFA arms. Kopel testifies as the last witness on each bill. MP4.
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 Enforcment 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.
Independence Institute, Cato Institute, Reason Foundation
amicus brief in
support of the SCt cert petition in Kerr v. Hickenlooper. Primary and
Cato Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Julio Colomba, David B. Kopel, Manuel S. Klausner.
Nov. 20, 2014.
Esquenzi and Carlos Rodriguez v. United States of America. Washington Legal Foundation and the Independence Institute
amicus brief in support of petitioners.
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Sept. 11, 2014.
Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District
(2014). Independence Institute
to the Colorado Supreme Court in the Douglas County school vouchers case in
support of the respondents.
Constitutional law professors in Jerusalem passport case,
Zivotofsky v. Kerry, Supreme
Court amicus brief in support of petitioner.
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.
Amicus briefs in Shew v. Malloy
(2d Cir. 2014) and
Fyock v. Sunnyvale (9th Cir. 2014). The history of magazines of greater
than 10 rounds, and of magazine prohibition, in the United States.
National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (2014).
Amicus brief of the Independence Institute. Original meaning of the Recess
Appointments Clause. Professor Natelson's research presented in this brief was
cited several times in the four-Justice concurring opinion written by Justice