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
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).
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.
How can we enact meaningful gun control? The Repartee. Debate with Adam Winkler.
Part 1: Background
checks. Part 2: Reading
the Constitution. Fall 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
Debate: Has the right to bear arms outlived it usefulness? NPR Intelligence
Squared. 104 minutes. Nov. 21, 2013.
Colorado Inside Out.
Obamacare solutions, 2016 RNC and Sen. Evie Hudak. Panel includes Patricia
Calhoun from Westword, Amy Oliver Cooke from the Independence Institute, Eric
Sondermann from SE2 and Ed Sealover from the Denver Business Journal.
Post game: Result of
Broomfield's franking moratorium vote. Nov. 15, 2013.
Colorado Inside Out.
Rockies co-owner getting busted for 2nd DUI. The big loss for Amendment 66 in
the polls. Colorado school board races making national headlines. The future of
the 51st state movement. Post
game: Election results: Fracking bans passing and citizens' attitudes toward
its use. Governor Hickenlooper taking losses in both fracking and Amendment 66.
The impact of the marijuana tax and its effect on 2014. Nov. 8, 2013.
Colorado Inside Out.
Amendment 66, Proposition AA, school board races, pot ordinance eases up.
Post game: Ads on busses
and light rail about Palestinian/Israel conflict. Nov. 1, 2013.
Guntalk. Kopel discusses the Colorado recall elections. Mp3. 45 minutes.
Sept. 15, 2013.
Assessing the Risks of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Kopel addresses the
concerns surrounding the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty on a panel at the Heritage
Foundation. Sept. 12, 2013.
The Truth About Gun Control. Kopel discusses his latest book with the
Heartland Institute. Heartland Audio. 42 minutes. Sept. 5, 2013.
The Truth About Gun Control. Kopel gives a talk on his latest book.
Heartland Institute speaker series. YouTube.com. Sept. 5, 2013.
In the Media
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,
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.