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Books

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Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy (Wolters Kluwer, 3d ed. forthcoming Sept. 15, 2021). With Nicholas J. Johnson, George A. Mocsary, E. Gregory Wallace, Donald E. Kilmer. Publisher website. Authors' supplemental website. Free chapter 3, the American colonies.

Colorado Constitutional Law and History (Vandeplas Publishing, forthcoming Aug. 2021).

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Wolters Kluwer, 2d ed. 2018). With Nicholas J. Johnson, Michael P. O'Shea, and George Mocsary. Supplemental online Chapter 16, Antecedents of the Second Amendment. Free online supplemental chapters, published 2020: 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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JerryKopel.com. My father's essays on Colorado and national politics, based on his 22 years of service as a Colorado State Representative.


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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. July 9, 2021. Rep. Boebert wrongfully criticizes vaccines; Rep. Buck rightfully criticizes Google search engine political bias; Rep. Lamborn rightfully criticizes racism at Air Force Academy. Chief Justice Boatright announces new conduct rules for judicial branch employees. Developer introduces deceptive initiative about public park at Park Hill Golf Course. Disgrace/something nice: Plastic bag ban hurts the environment. End of Colorado state of emergency is time to rethink monarchical powers given to the Governor.

Latest: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. U.S. Supreme Court. No. 20-843. Amicus brief of Professors of Second Amendment Law, Weld County, Colorado, Weld Sheriff Steve Reams, Independence Institute, and Firearms Policy Foundation. July 14, 2021.

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 Subcommittee 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 Hawaii. 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.


In the Media

Handgun sale ban to under 21-year-olds is unconstitutional, appeals court says. CNN. July 13, 2021. Tierney Sneed.

Biden’s false claim that the 2nd Amendment bans cannon ownership. Washington Post. June 28, 2021. Glenn Kessler.

WaPost gives Biden four 'Pinocchios' for saying Second Amendment bans cannon ownership. The Hill. June 28, 2021. Dominick Mastrangelo.

The Biden Administration's Model 'Red Flag' Law Belies the Justice Department's Avowed Commitment to Due Process. The Justice Department's proposal encourages states to take away people's Second Amendment rights based on little more than bare allegations. Reason. June 21, 2021. Jacob Sullum.

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.


Television, Radio, Podcasts  

Colorado Inside Out. July 9, 2021. Full episode. Rep. Boebert wrongfully criticizes vaccines; Rep. Buck rightfully criticizes Google search engine political bias; Rep. Lamborn rightfully criticizes racism at Air Force Academy. Chief Justice Boatright announces new conduct rules for judicial branch employees. Developer introduces deceptive initiative about public park at Park Hill Golf Course. Disgrace/something nice: Plastic bag ban hurts the environment. End of Colorado state of emergency is time to rethink monarchical powers given to the Governor.

Colorado Inside Out. June 25, 2021. Full episode. New congressional redistricting map. Hero stops mass shooters in Arvada. Governor Polis breaks his campaign promise and signs tax increase bills. One party rule is taking Colorado down California's road to ruin. Disgrace/something nice: Biden threatens to nuke the American people. The great principles of the Declaration of Independence are opposed only by regressives who don't want equality or inherent rights.

Colorado Inside Out. June 18, 2021. Full episode. Mayor Hancock’s nominee for DIA under investigation for scams in Los Angeles. Colorado courts uphold huge taxes on hospital patients without consent. Arvada nixes Amazon warehouse and Denver City Council . Disgrace/something nice: Governor's office keeps promoting growth by giving bribes to businesses that will only move to Colorado if bribed. Western Conservative Summit hosts brave journalist Andy Ngo.

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

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

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.

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 Hawaii, 2021 University of Illinois Law Review Online 172 (May 13, 2021). With George A. Mocsary.

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

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. U.S. Supreme Court. No. 20-843. Amicus brief of Professors of Second Amendment Law, Weld County, Colorado, Weld Sheriff Steve Reams, Independence Institute, and Firearms Policy Foundation. July 14, 2021.

Terkel v. Centers for Disease Control. U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 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. Florida Supreme Court. 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.

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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