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Books

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

Rules for State Legislators: Jerry Kopel's Guide (2015). With Jerry Kopel.

The Truth about Gun Control (Encounter Books, 2013). Who is sovereign in the United States? Is it the people themselves, or is it an elite determined to rule citizens who are seen as incapable of making choices about their own lives? This is the central question in the American gun-control debate. Animated video featuring a section of the book. 4 minutes.

A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Affordable Care Act (Palgrave MacMillan). The legal scholars who fought and defeated the unconstitutional power grab.

Firearms Law & the Second Amendment; Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Publishers 2012). The first law school textbook on the Second Amendment. Buy from Amazon. Publisher webpage for book. Authors' website for book; includes Table of Contents, and Preface.

Supplement online chapters, free to the public: Chapter 12 – Social Science. Chapter 13 – International Law. Chapter 14 – Comparative Law. 2015 supplement now available.

Podcasts on the book:

  • Chapter 7. A New and Dangerous Century.
  • Chapter 6. Reconstruction and the late 19th Century.
  • Chapter 5. The Early Republic, and the Antebellum Era.
  • Chapter 4. The new Constitution and the Second Amendment.
  • Chapter 3. The Colonies and the Revolution.
  • Chapter 2. Antecedents of the Second Amendment: From Confucius to the British Whigs.
  • Chapter 1. An introduction to firearms laws and firearms function. 

More books by Kopel.


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Jerry Kopel

JerryKopel.com. My father's essays on Colorado and national politics, based on his 22 years of service as a Colorado State Representative.


About Kopel, and contact info

Colorado Inside Out, Jan. 20, 2017.


Colorado Inside Out. 1876 Time Machine episode. Set in November 1876, the cast includes Mrs. Augusta Tabor (Patty Calhous); 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).

Short articles

Tracing Judge Gorsuch’s Paper Trail On The Second Amendment. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2, 2017.

Can a county ban all gun stores? 9th Circuit amicus brief suggests not. Washington Post. Feb. 1, 2017.

7th Circuit strikes ban on target practice by minors, and near-ban on firing ranges. Washington Post. Jan. 19, 2017.

The Martial Arts are Arts. Washington Post. Jan. 11, 2017.

Nueva diplomacia. Gabinete de Trump. La Razón (Spain). Dec. 17, 2016.

Un Principio Basico Para China (Taiwan). La Razón (Spain). Dec. 13, 2016.

Why the anti-tyranny case for the 2nd Amendment shouldn't be dismissed so quickly. Vox. Aug. 22, 2016.


In the Media

School gun training bill OK’d by Colorado Senate committee. Durango Herald. Jan. 28, 2017. By Luke Perkins.

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. Jan. 27, 2017. CIO after 25 years. Trump threatens sancutary cities. Women's march agaisnt Trump. Colorado hospitals exercise their right to opt out of assisted suicide. Postgame: Highlights of CIO's 25 year history.

Testimony on Colorado Senate bill 15-005. Bill to allow armed teachers in schools, if they are trained by Sheriffs' Offices. Colorado Senate State Affairs Committee. Jan. 24, 2017. 3:49.

Colorado Inside Out. Full episode. Jan. 20, 2017. Democrat Mike Johnston to run for Governor. Trump sworn in as President. Public meetings on Denver Department of Public Safety. Feds approve I-70 expansion in Denver. Postgame: Black Lives Matter selfishness harms Martin Luther King Marade.

Colorado Inside Out. Full episode. Jan. 13, 2017. Obama farewell speech. New Colo. legislative leaders. Colo. Senate Republicans and Obamacare. Hickenlooper's State of the State. Postgame: Happy Haynes is appointed Denver Deputy Mayor.

Czech Republic urges armed citizens to shoot terrorists. Cam & Company. NRA News. Jan. 4, 2017.

Firearms United successfully pushes back against EU gun ban proposal. Cam & Company. NRA News. Dec. 22, 2016.

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.


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 127 (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.

The History 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

Texiera 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.

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.

 

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