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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

Gun ban for young adults would be wholly unconstitutional. The Hill. Mar. 13, 2018. with Joseph Greenlee.

The First "Assault Weapon": Banning Guns Based on "Style" Rather than Function. Reason.com. Mar. 5, 2018.

The History of the 'Assault Weapon' Hoax. Part 1: The Crime that Started it All. A 1989 shooting at a Cal. schoolyard began the national "assault weapon" issue. It was a consequence of law enforcement failure. Reason.com. Mar. 2, 2018.

Arming teachers can protect kids. (N.Y.) Daily News. Feb. 28, 2018. with Laura Carno.

The Anglo-American Office of Sheriff. Americans' right to elect their Sheriffs comes from ancient English legal tradition. Reason. Feb. 13, 2018.

Can Governments Ban Gun Stores? Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case. Reason. Feb. 9, 2018.

Congress should use constitutional power to force states to honor gun rights. Why national right to carry reciprocity is a proper exercise of congressional power. The Hill. Dec. 31, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.

The American Indian foundation of American gun culture. Washington Post. Nov. 21, 2017.

Mass shootings in gun-free nations. Washington Post. Nov. 9, 2017.

What if there were serious gun controls? The Hill. Nov. 8, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.

Are There Really More Mass Shootings Than Days in the Year? Wall Street Journal. Oct. 8, 2017 (paywall).

We Need Judges Who Stand For Gun Rights. America's 1st Freedom. Oct. 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.

The Racist Origin of Gun Control Laws. The Hill. Aug. 22, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.

Some older articles on school safety:

Want to stop mass shootings? Let's get more guns in the right hands. Especially, FASTER training for teachers. The Hill. June 18, 2017. With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

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

Guns on university campuses: The Colorado experience. Washington Post. April 20, 2015.

Pretend "Gun-free" School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction. 42 Connecticut Law Review 515 (2009).

Only press itself can stop copycats. Killers, suicides thrive on publicity given those who perpetrated earlier crimes. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Sept. 23, 2006.

A Principal and his Gun. How Vice Principal Joel Myrick used his handgun to stop the school shooter in Pearl, Mississippi. By Wayne Laugesen. Boulder Weekly, Oct. 1999.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

Colorado Inside Out. Mar. 2, 2018. Full episode. Oklahoma baseball coach fired for disrespecting Colorado. Colo. House of Representatives debate on expelling Rep. Steve Lebsock. Denver Mayor Hancock's mistreatment of woman on his security staff. Postgame: Bill to replace Columbus Day with Election Day as a state holiday.

Colorado Inside Out. Feb. 23, 2018. Full episode. Russian meddling in U.S. and Colorado. Parkland murders happened because FBI and Sheriff ignored lessons of Columbine. How Independence Institute is helping train armed teachers in Colorado. Colorado legislature refuses to fix roads, so Chamber of Commerce wants a tax increase. Postgame: Governor's race, with Dem battle between teacher's union and reformers.

Stefan Tubbs Show (Craig Silverman guest hosting). Feb. 22, 2018. Guns, legal history, and philosophy. Kopel starts at 28:21.

TEDx Mile High. Understanding Guns. Panel with Kimberly Corban, Jay Breitlow, and Coni Sanders. Feb. 21, 2018.

Предъявлены доказательства вмешательства России в выборы президента США. Radio Liberty. Indictment of 13 Russians for U.S. election meddling. Feb. 17, 2018.

Colorado Inside Out. Feb. 16, 2018. Full episode. Denver housing czar resigns. Federal judges says that "Raise the Bucks" rules to make initiatives much more difficult violates one-man-one-vote. Sen. Gardner gets marijuana policy assurances, lifts freeze on DOJ nominees. AG Cynthia Coffman will go through caucus system in Gov race. Postgame: Sex harassment charges vs. Sen. Baumgardner.

Colorado Inside Out. Feb. 9, 2018. Full episode. New Denver Manager of Public Safety. Dick Lamm endorses Mike Johnston for Governor. Joint Budget Committee questions funding for questionable behavior of Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Governor considers clemency grant for marijuana prisoners. Postgame: Sexual controversies at State Capitol.

Japan's low gun crime rate. The Briefing. Monocle 24. London. Jan. 10, 2018. Begins at 18:30.

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

Devil's Advocate with Jon Caldara. Dec. 22, 2017. Interstate right to cary reciprocity. Why bump stocks should be more stringently regulated.

NRA News. Cam & Company. Dec. 12, 2017. Pelosi fails Washington Post fact check on national carry reciprocity.

British Gun Control in Colonial America. America's Fabric radio program. 1030 KVOI AM, Tucson, Ariz. Dec. 2017. Charles Heller reads Kopel's article The American Revolution against British Gun Control.

The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment today. Guns, Politics and Freedom radio show. Dec. 10, 2017. Kopel starts at 11:00.

How to regulate (not ban) bump stocks. Interstate carry reciprocity. Cato Daily Podcast. Dec. 8, 2017.

The Morality of Self-defense and Military Action. Larry Pratt interviews Kopel about his new book. Gun Owners News Hour Radio. Aug. 7, 2017.

Latest Books, Monographs and Journal articles

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.

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

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

Trump's 'Take the Guns First. Remark Sparks Due-Process Debate. Bloomberg News. Mar. 2, 2018. by Greg Stohr.

If the Government Takes Gun Research Seriously, What Should It Study? New York Times. Mar. 2, 2018.

NRA members on Trump's plans for gun control: 'Every word of it was a betrayal'. The Guardian. Mar. 1, 2018. by Lois Beckett. (Headline quote is Kopel's).

For the Democrats running for governor in Colorado, gun bans take center stage. Colorado Independent. Mar. 1, 2018. by Corey Hutchins.

These Groups Make the NRA Look Like a Bastion of Moderation—And They Could Determine the Current Gun Debate. Daily Beast. Mar. 1, 2018. by Jackie Kucinich & Sam Stein.

Dick’s Sporting Goods joins chorus for gun control, stops selling assault-style rifles. Washington Post. Feb. 28, 2018. by Todd C. Frankel, Abha Bhattarai & Rachel Siegel.

Bump Stocks and the Bill of Rights. Firearms News. Feb. 25, 2018. by Vin Suprynowicz.

Thomas, conservatives impatient at Supreme Court's inaction on 2nd Amendment. CNN. Feb. 23, 2018. by Ariane de Vogue.

Teachers with guns' bill fails in Colorado. Durango Herald. Feb. 22, 2018. by Joey Bunch.

Trump vows progress will be made on regulatory ban of bump stocks. (Toronto) Globe and Mail. Feb. 20, 2018. by Adrian Morrow.

Gun Rights Expand in Era of Mass Shootings. Wall Street Journal. Feb. 19, 2018. by Nicole Hong.

Sessions' 'Anglo-American. comments, and the danger of the liberal Trump outrage machine. Kansas City Star. Feb. 13, 2018. by Aaron Blake (Washington Post).

Jeff Sessions spoke of the ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.’ Here’s what that means. Washington Post. Feb. 12, 2018. by Marwa Eltagouri.

Sessions invokes 'Anglo-American heritage' of sheriff's office. CNN. Feb. 12, 2018. by Maegan Vazquez.

US guns used in a majority of crimes in Mexico, Center for American Progress says. AZCentral.com. Feb. 6, 2018. by Rafael Carranza.

Denver says yes to bump stocks ban less than four months after Las Vegas shooting. Denver Post. Jan. 22, 2018. by John Aguilar.

Sessions Unleashes the Hounds on Pro-Pot States. With billions of dollars and the will of the voters at stake, critics say this is one flip-flop Trump can't afford. The American Conservative. Jan. 5, 2018. by Kelly Beaucar Vlahos.

Sessions takes aim on marijuana enforcement. Newburgh Gazette (Illinois). Jan. 5, 2018, by Dwayne Harmon.

America’s rifle: Why so many people love the AR-15. NBC News. Dec. 27, 2017. By Jon Schuppe.

Courts and Legislatures

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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