Don Kates. Entry about a founding father of modern Second Amendment scholarship, in Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law. Don passed away on Nov. 1, 2016.
Incógnitas del voto oculto. La Razón (Spain). Nov. 4, 2016.
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.
In the Media
The 229-year-old sentence liberals hope will sink Trump. Kopel on the Emoluments Cluase. Politico. Nov. 22, 2016.
Gun Sales Surge in Colorado ahead of the Election. Colorado Public Radio. Nov. 4, 2016.
Single-Payer Health Care Plan Before Colorado Voters. AMI Newswire. Oct. 31, 2016.
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.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 28, 2016. Full episode. FBI reopens Clinton email investigation. Trump returns to Colorado. Marijuana tax revenues soar. Close races in CDs 3 and 6. Violent protestors of Dakota Access Pipeline.
Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 21, 2016. Full episode. Secy. of State spokesperson Lynn Bartels rebuts bogus Trump claim of rigged election. Final Trump-Clinton debate. Trumps campaign in Colorado. Mail-in ballots are sent out. Postgame: Denver DA vs. ballot selfies. Mail-in ballots.
Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 14, 2016. Full episode. Mayor Hancock appoints Alan Salazar chief of staff. The Clinton-Trump culture of impunity and sexual assault. Senate candidates debate. Coffman-Carroll battle. Postgame: Boulder prudes want to tax sugar drinks.
Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 7, 2016. Full episode. Vice-President debate. Trump's tax bologna sandwich. Ballot measure to "rig the bar" against constitutional amendments. Postgame: Police organizations are right to endorse Trump, after Hillary's endorsement of cop-killers.
Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 30, 2016. Full episode. Denver City Council abolishes Columbus Day. Congress overrides Obama veto on 9/11 lawsuits. Trump chokes in 1st debate with Clinton. Trump to visit Colorado. Ballot issue to make tobacco tax loot immune to legislative control. Postgame: Supreme Court to hear Douglas County Schools case on services for students with disabilities.
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.
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.