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Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy. Law school textbook and treatise. (Oct. 2018: Aspen Pubs., 2d edition). With Nicholas J. Johnson, George S. Mocsary, and Michael P. O'Shea. Publisher webpage. Free supplemental online chapters: Chapter 13: International Law; covers United Nations, regional treaties, classical founders of international law, right to resist genocide, globalization of gun rights and gun bans. Chapter 14: Comparative Law: self-defense and defense against tyranny in national constitutions, comparative statistical studies, case studies of various nations, long-term homicide risks in Europe are much higher than in the US because of insufficient arms to resist mass murder by government, case study of resistance to the Armenian genocide; 100 page case study of mass murder and gun bans in China and Tibet under Mao. Chapter 16: Antecedents of the Second Amendment; covers ancient China, Greece, Rome, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and European political philosophy.

The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO). Google books edition. Book interview on "Devil's Advocate," CPT 12 Denver, 15 minutes.

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. Reprinted in Saving the Republic: The Fate of Freedom in the Age of the Administrative State. Roger Kimbal, ed. (Encounter Books, Jan. 23, 2018).

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Independence Institute Television. May 31, 2021. Colorado's regressive new anti-gun laws. 45 minute interview by Jon Caldara.

Colorado Inside Out. June 4, 2021. Illegitimate extended session of Colorado legislature continues its usurpations of power. Colorado Supreme Court rejects legislative interference in redistricting. Denver School Board grifter and racist demagogue Tay Anderson continues his antics. Court says that Aurora City Council can't prevent Mayor Coffman from speaking out elections. Disgrace/something nice: Denver sheriff's department massively delays concealed carry permit renewals. Unraveling of coverup of Chinese Communist Party role in spread of coronavirus from its Wuhan lab.

Latest: The Right to "Bear" Arms. Short Circuit Podcast, Institute for Justice. New Supreme Court case on right to bear arms; 9th Circuit Young decision against the right. May 21, 2021. 41 minutes.

U.S. Senate Subcommitte on the Constitution. Hearing on Red Flag laws. Apr. 28, 2021. Written testimony.

"The Right to Bear Arms" by Stephen Halbrook: Book Review. A book that may may help decide the Supreme Court's upcoming right to carry case. Reason/Volokh Conspiracy. May 1, 2021.

Errors of Omission: Words Missing from the Ninth Circuit's Young v. State of Hawaiin. 2021 University of Illinois Law Review Online 172 (May 13, 2021). With George A. Mocsary.

Short articles

Q&A: Dave Kopel. Arvada Press. May 11, 2021. Ryan Dunn.

"The Right to Bear Arms" by Stephen Halbrook: Book Review. A book that may may help decide the Supreme Court's upcoming right to carry case. Reason/Volokh Conspiracy. May 1, 2021.

Americans Have Always Owned New Gun Designs. America's 1st Freedom. Apr. 4, 2021.

Ninth Circuit holds there is no right to bear arms outside the home. Reason/Volokh Conspiracy. Apr. 1, 2021. With George Mocsary.

How to Speak to New Gun Owners. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2021.

Defund the Police. “Defund the police” is not the slogan of people who sincerely believe that black lives matter. Independent Thinking. Winter 2021.

Christmas for Everyone: Graland's Christmas Pageant. Reason/Volokh Conspiracy. Dec. 24, 2020. A story of religious majorities and minorities thriving together.

The NRA Has Always Stood For Freedom. America's 1st Freedom. Jan. 2021. (published Dec. 24, 2020).

The Cult of Mao 1966 v. 2020. Part 3: An all encompassing religion. Epoch Times. Dec. 9, 2020. Part 3 in a series observing similarities between China’s Cultural Revolution and the United States today. The Cultural Revolution culminated in a new religion based on worship of Chairman Mao. In West today, the "woke" admirers of Maoism have created a new religion based on violence, hatred, and totalitarianism.

Rage Mobs 1966 v. 2020. Part 2: Red Guards begin rampaging. Epoch Times. Dec. 9, 2020. Part 2 in a series observing similarities between China’s Cultural Revolution and the United States today.

Cultural Revolution 1966 v. 2020 Part 1: The start of the Cultural Revolution in China. Epoch Times. Dec. 6, 2020. Part 1 in a series observing similarities between China’s Cultural Revolution and the United States today.

How Availability Cascades are Shaping our Politics. Quillette. Oct. 26, 2020. With Vincent Harinam.

Gun Control Puts Your Life at Risk. In the 20th century, far more people were murdered by genocidal governments than by armed criminals. Reason. Oct. 2020.


In the Media

After judge overturns California assault weapons ban, state officials vow to fight back. L.A. Times. June 5, 2021. Alex Wigglesworth, Thomas Curwen.

California Assault Weapons Ban 'Disrespects' Freedom, Federal Judge Writes. National Public Radio. June 6, 2021. Matthew Schwartz.

Federal judge overturns California’s decades-old ban on assault weapons. San Francisco Chronicle. June 5, 2021. Lauren Hernandez.

Pushback on proposed Colorado gun laws gains steam among counties, sheriffs. Greeley Tribune (plus Denver Post and others). May 29, 2021. John Aguilar.

Clarence Thomas awaits his chance to drive the conservative majority on abortion and guns. CNN. May 20, 2021. Ariane de Vogue,

Defending the Constitution: The 2nd Amendment Is Not Outdated. Epoch Times. May 6, 2021. Rob Natelson.

As pandemic ebbs, an old fear is new again: mass shootings. Associated Press. May 4, 2021. Gillian Flaccus.

‘Red Flag’ Gun Laws Get Another Look After Indiana, Colorado Shootings. Kaiser Health News. Apr. 23, 2021. Christie Aschwanden.

Biden takes executive action on stabilizing brace for pistols, citing Boulder shooting. Channel 7, Denver. Apr. 8, 2021. Ryan Osborne, Meghan Lopez.


Television, Radio, Podcasts  

Federal judge strikes CA ban on Guns. The Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio. June 7, 2021. Guest host Ed Morrisey. 30 minutes.

Colorado Inside Out. June 4, 2021. Full episode. Illegitimate extended session of Colorado legislature continues its usurpations of power. Colorado Supreme Court rejects legislative interference in redistricting. Denver School Board grifter and racist demagogue Tay Anderson continues his antics. Court says that Aurora City Council can't prevent Mayor Coffman from speaking out elections. Disgrace/something nice: Denver sheriff's department massively delays concealed carry permit renewals. Unraveling of coverup of Chinese Communist Party role in spread of coronavirus from its Wuhan lab.

Independence Institute Television. May 31, 2021. Colorado's regressive new anti-gun laws. 45 minute interview by Jon Caldara.

Colorado Inside Out. Live fundraising special. May 26, 2021. Five panelists discuss the state bureaucracy's campaign against commuters, historical political trivia, and more.

The Right to "Bear" Arms. Short Circuit Podcast, Institute for Justice. New Supreme Court case on right to bear arms; 9th Circuit Young decision against the right. May 21, 2021. 41 minutes.sgrace/something nice: Legislators introduce bill to end abusive lockdown isolation of seniors in care facilities. Zaidy's Deli to re-open.

Biden announces executive orders on guns. Drew Mariani Show. Apr. 8, 2021. 35 minutes.

The History of Homemade Guns. Apr. 5, 2021. Kopel interviews Mark Tallman, author of Ghost Guns: Hobbyists, Hackers, and the Homemade Weapons Revolution. 3D printing technology is creating a new frontier in homemade weapons. How will these new guns and production methods change government policy, the culture, and self defense in the future? Episode #002 of Kopel's Law and Liberty News, on Independence Institute TV (IITV). 88 minutes.

Gun control and murders in Boulder. Persecution of law-abiding gun owners is like Trump's persecution of law-abiding Muslims. Meaning of the Second Amendment. Jeff Crank Show. Apr. 3, 2021. Kopel starts at 1:00:24.


Latest Monographs & Journal articles

Errors of Omission: Words Missing from the Ninth Circuit's Young v. State of Hawaiin. 2021 University of Illinois Law Review Online 172 (May 13, 2021). With George A. Mocsary.

Fewer Guns, More Genocide: Europe in the Twentieth Century. Working paper (2021).

The National Popular Vote Violates the Colorado Constitution. Denver Law Review Forum (22-Sept.-2020). With Hunter Hovenga. HTML

Red Flag Laws: Proceed with Caution. 45 (Alabama) Law & Psychology Review (forthcoming 2021).


In the Courts and Congress

Terkel v. Centers for Disease Control. No. 21-40137. Amicus brief of Cato Institute, Prof. Randy E. Barnett, Reason Foundation, Individual Rights Foundation, and Independence Institute. June 3, 2021. The federal government's power to regulate interstate commerce does not authorize a federal ban on evictions.

Florida v. Garcia. No. SC20-1419. Merits amicus brief of Independence Institute and Due Process Institute (May 10, 2019). Compelling an individual to disclose his cell phone password to law enforcement is violates the Fifth Amendment and the Florida Constitution.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra. U.S. Supreme Court. No. 19-251 & 19-255. Merits amicus brief of public policy research organizations. First Amendment donor privacy and association rights.

Thompson v. Marietta Education Association. No. 20-1019. U.S. Supreme Court. Cert. petition amicus brief of public policy research organizations. The Court should over-rule an old precedent that has been construed to allow governments to force government employees to join a union.

Caniglia v. Strom. No. 20-157. Merits amicus brief of Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and Independence Institute (Jan. 15, 2021). A judicially-created "community caretaking exception" to the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless searches of automobiles without probable cause. Can the exception be extended to the home? The amicus brief urges not, based on the historical sanctity of the home in Anglo-American law, plus analysis of the text of the Amendments I through V.

 

 


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