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New book: The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO). Google books edition.

Latest short articles and commentary

Sneak Attack on Washington State. America's 1st Freedom. Sept. 2018.

Britain’s Failed Weapons-Control Laws Show Why the Second Amendment Matters. National Review Online. August 28, 2018. With Vincent Harinam.

The 1986 Plastic Gun Panic. How the gun control lobbies nearly tricked Congress into banning millions of ordinary guns. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. Aug. 7, 2018.

Colorado's early self-government and path to statehood. On the periphery of the periphery, Coloradans energetically exercised their inherent rights of sovereignty and self-government. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. Aug. 1, 2018.

Ninth Circuit strikes Hawaii law that only security guards may get handgun carry permits. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. July 23, 2018.

Ninth Circuit Upholds Preliminary Injunction Against Magazine Confiscation in California. The courts continue to block a California law to confiscate magazines over 10 rounds. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. July 17, 2018.

US government drops prohibition on files for 3D printed arms. State and Defense Departments comply with revised regulations from May 2018. Volokh Conspiracy. July 10, 2018.

Judge Kavanaugh and the Second Amendment. The text, history, and tradition methodology applied to D.C.'s unusually restrictive gun laws. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. July 9, 2018.

The Colorado Constitution and the eternal truths of the Declaration of Independence. The 1876 Colorado Constitution affirms and elucidates the principles of 1776. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. July 4, 2018.

Excessive Fines Clause and corporations. Amicus brief says that 8th Amendment's ban on "excessive fines" does not have a corporate loophole. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. July 3, 2018.

Presidential electors can vote with discretion. Amicus brief explains that States cannot compel presidential electors to vote a certain way. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. July 2, 2018.

Deerfield, Illinois, gun confiscation law is blocked by state court. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. June 13, 2018.

Gun Control Crowd Directs Vitriol at NRA. America's 1st Freedom. May 2018. The same tactics that have always been used by hate groups against civil rights organizations and religious or ethnic groups targeted for destruction: dehumanization, conspiracy theories, ostracism, silencing, and delegalization.

Gun Control Won't Stop Crime. America's 1st Freedom. May 2018. Why NRA rightly opposes gun bans, the destruction of the civil rights of young adults, and universal gun registration.

In the wake of a gun ban, Venezuela sees rising homicide rate. Including murder of dissidents by government. The Hill. Apr. 19, 2018. with Vincent Harinam.

The Million Mom March: Mass Mobilization Against Guns. In 2000, the Million Mom March brought hundreds of thousands of people together to demonstrate against guns. Reason.com. Mar. 22, 2018.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

NRA News. Cam & Company. Sept. 17, 2018. Czech Republic Defies EU Gun Control Directive. Lawful Gun Owners Resent Being Targeted in Fight Against Terrorism.

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 14, 2018. Full episode. Colorado Sun newspaper launches. Clinton joins Polis at fundraiser. Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge to open. Lawsuit against Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. RTD proposes fare increase.

NRA News. Cam & Company. Aug. 28, 2018. UK's Gun Ban Shows Why Second Amendment Matters.

Tom Gresham's Gun Talk. Aug. 19, 2018. Discussing the Independence Institute's recent Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Party, and other topics. Kopel starts at 23:00.

Colorado Inside Out. Aug. 17, 2018. Full episode. Boulder City Council wants to keep excess loot from sugary drink tax. Masterpiece Cakeshop files civil rights lawsuit after continuing persecution by Colorado "Civil Rights" Division. Governor candidate Jared Polis makes big ad buy. Newspapers respond to Trump attacks on journalism. Postgame: Ballot proposals on campaign finance.

NRA News. Cam & Company. Aug. 13, 2018. The 1986 plastic gun panic.

Home manufacture of guns. Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio. Aug. 2, 2018.

The Age of the 3D-Printed Gun. NPR On Point. July 25, 2018. With Anthony Brooks (host), Andy Greenberg (Wired magazine), Avery Gardiner (Brady Center).

Colorado Inside Out. July 6, 2018. Full episode. Time Machine special, from 1968. A year in review program from December 1968 Rocky Mountain News columnist Molly Mayfiled (Patty Calhoun), community organizer Gerald Kopel (David Kopel), police reporter Al Nakula (Kevin Flynn), and feminist leader Florence Kennedy (Dani Newsum). The panel dicusses riots, assassinations, the Vietnam War, and Richard Nixon's election victory. With Kopel cameo at President-elect Nixon. Postgame: Further thoughts on Nixon's win.

Heller in the Lower Courts. 40 Campbell Law Review 399 (2018). Panel discussion with Sarah Ludington, Brannon Denning, Dennis Henigan, Hannah Shearer, and David Kopel. Video.

Heller and "Assault Weapons.” 40 Campbell Law Review 461 (2018). Panel discussion with E. Gregory Wallace, Allen Rostron: Panelist, Allen Rostron, Jonathan Lowy, and David Kopel. Video.

How's the Second Amendment Doing? A long-term perspective. Devils' Advocate with Jon Caldara. Colorado Public TV 12. Apr. 23, 2018.

Guns and Mass Shootings. Free Thoughts Podcast on Libertarianism.org. 51 minute interview of Kopel by Trevor Burrus. Jan. 5, 2018.

Latest Books, Monographs and Journal articles

History and Tradition in Modern Circuit Cases on the Second Amendment Rights of Young People. 43 Southern Illinois University Law Journal (forthcoming 2018). With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

The Second Amendment Rights of Young Adults. 43 Southern Illinous University Law Journal (forthcoming 2019). With Joseph Greenlee.

The Right to Arms in Nineteenth Century Colorado. 95 Denver University Law Review 329 (2018).

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy. Law school textbook and treatise. (Oct. 2017: Aspen Pubs., 2d edition). With Nicholas J. Johnson, George S. Mocsary, and Michael P. O'Shea.

Firearms Law of Vietnam. Full translation of Vietnamese arms statute, plus Vietnamess text, and historical background. Independence Institute Issue Paper no. 5-2017. By Tien Thuy Dinh.

Restoring the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Cato Handbook for Policymakers (8th ed. 2017). With Trevor Burrus and Robert A. Levy.

The Federal Circuits' Second Amendment Doctrines. 61 St. Louis University Law Journal 193 (2017). With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

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

The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO 2017).

Media quotes and cites

For nations with strict gun laws, this little shooting range in Hawaii is a haven for tourists. Los Angeles Times. Sept. 4, 2018. by David Montero.

Defense Distributed founder works around judge's order, sells 3D-printed gun plans through mail. Washington Times. Aug. 28, 2018. by David Sherfinski.

Plans for 3D-printed guns explode across internet amid court battle to repress them. Washington Times. Washington Times. Aug. 20, 2018. by David Sherfinski.

Kavanaugh seems to shun gun registration laws, but may not oppose license training requirements. ABA Journal. July 30, 2018. by Stephanie Francis Ward.

States seek to block instructions for making plastic guns. NBC News. July 30, 2018. by Pete Williams.

With Kavanaugh, Court Could Take Aim at Gun Control Laws. New justice could be key fourth vote to take up cases and strike down laws. Roll Call. July 26, 2018. by Todd Ruger.

NRA Backs Kobach's Rival in Race for Kansas Governor. Assocated Press. July 16, 2018. by John Hanna.

Yale Law Fails the Kavanaugh Test.The Atlantic. July 13, 2018. by Conor Friedersdorf.

Is Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh to the right of Scalia on assault weapons? No. Politicact. July 11, 2018. by Manuela Tobias.

Will New Mom Cardi B Raise an Insurrectionist Army Against Government Tyranny? Probably not, but the new mom does support the "insurrectionist" theory of Second Amendment rights as a bulwark against tyranny. Reason. July 11, 2018. by Brian Doherty.

Supreme court pick could make assault weapons ban unconstitutional. Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the highest court, has a clear record of gun rights advocacy and could tip the balance. The Guardian. July 10, 2018. by Lois Beckett.

Trump’s Supreme Court pick wanted to strike down a landmark gun control law. Vice News. July 10, 2018. by Tess Owen.

Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as supreme court nominee – as it happened. Trump nominates Kavanaugh, a conservative rising star, to replace Anthony Kennedy on supreme court. The Guardian. July 9, 2018. by Lois Beckett.

SAF, NRA Rejoice, Everytown Cries After Trump Taps Kavanaugh for SCOTUS. GunsAmerica New & Reviews. July 10, 2018. by Jordan Michaels.

Rural counties' response to state firearm laws: 'Gun sanctuaries'. The backlash against gun measures is spreading. But will it change anything? NBC News. May 25, 2018. by Jon Schuppe.

Smart guns exist. Why aren’t they on the market? PBS News Hour. May 24, 2018. by Teresa Carey.

The Racist History of Gun Control. Mises Wire. May 22, 2018. by Tho Bishop.

La ultima masacre en una escuela de EE.UU. deja al menos 10 muertos en Texas. El Mercurio (Chile). May 19, 2018. by Jean Palou Egoaguirre.

A Voice from the Warsaw Ghetto. Jerusalem Post. Apr. 18, 2018.

Three ways City Council’s gun ban will make Boulder less safe. Boulder Weekly. Apr. 12, 2018. by Paul Danish.

A Colorado city voted to ban 'assault weapons' — but numerous legal questions remain unanswered. The Blaze. Apr. 9, 2018. by Chris Enloe.

Boulder City Council passes gun ban on first reading. Complete Colorado. Apr. 7, 2018. by Sherrie Pief.

Low-crime Illinois suburb bans assault weapons and gets sued. NBC News. Apr. 6, 2018. by Jon Schuppe.

Making the world safe through censorship. Washington Times. Apr. 5, 2018. by Dale Lowdermilk.

Courts and Legislatures

Worman v. Healey. Aug. 29, 2018. Amicus brief for 11 law professors specializing in the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Jews for the Preservation Ownership, Independence Institute, and Millenial Policy Center. Massachusetts ban on common firearms and standard magazines violates Supreme Court precedent. Such arms have been traditional American arms since the 19th century. Cato Institute summary.

Young v. Hawaii. Ninth Circuit. July 23, 2018. State may not limit carry permits only to security guards. Cites Kopel article on natural right of self-defense.

Colorado Department of Labor v. Dami Hospitality. Colorado Supreme Court. July 2, 2018. Amicus brief argues that the Eighth Amendment's rule "nor excessive fines imposed" does not have a loophole allowing excessive fines to be imposed on corporations.

Baca v. Secretary of State. 10th Circuit, June 27, 2018. States cannot compel presidential electors to vote a certain way

Teixeira v. Alameda County, no 17-982. U.S. Supreme Court, Feb. 9, 2018. Amicus brief on behalf of Cato Institute, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Owner, Independence Institute, Millennial Policy. Argues that county's ban on all new gun stores violates the Second Amendment. Address circuit court doctrine, and the history of the British arms embargo on the American colonies.

RMGO v. Hickenlooper (Colo. App. 2018). Amicus brief on behalf of Colorado Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association; Sheriffs Chad Day (Yuma County), Steve Reams (Weld), Shannon K. Byerly (Custer), and Sam Zordel (Prowers); and the Independendece Institute. Why Colorado's magazine ban endangers public safety.

Duncan v. Becerra. 9th Circuit, Jan. 8, 2017. Amicus brief urges affirmance of district court decision against confiscation of standard capacity magazines. Addresses standard of review, and empirical evidence. On behalf of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, Independence Institute, and Millenial Policy Center. Co-authored with Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol Club v. Small, No. 15, 2017 (Del. Dec. 7, 2017). Cited in opinion striking down prohibition on defensive arms carry in state forests and parks.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Dec. 6, 2017. Written testimony on: Bill to ban bump stocks and some gunsmithing. S 1916; Fix NICS Act, S. 2135; Bill to allow indefinite delays in background checks, S. 1923; interstate carry reciprocity, S. 446. Video of testimony (Kopel starts at 2:31:28).

Robinson v. United States. Amicus brief in support of cert. petition, by West Virginia and 4 other states. Lawful carrying of a firearm should not automatically justify a police stop-and-frisk. Kopel's research cited.

Teixeira v. Alameda County, California (9th Cir., en banc). Jan. 31, 2017. Amicus brief on county ban on all new gun stores. Historical evidence from the American Revolution shows that the British bans on firearms commerce led the Americans to take up arms.

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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