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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 and commentary

Biden’s Ammunition Ban Is Part Of The Left’s Plot To Disarm Americans. The gun prohibition lobbies have discovered that even if they can’t ban guns, choking off ammunition is an effective way to prevent people from using them. The Federalist. Sept. 7, 2021.

Una catastrofe para la politica exterior de Estados Unidos. La Razon. Sept. 1, 2021. Interview on Afghanistan.

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.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 17, 2021. Full episode. Colorado Republicans and Democrats have both withdrawn from the reality-based community. New state redistricting map locks on Democratic majority in state legislature. Tay Anderson is a racist grifter, but not guilty of sexual assault. People of Aurora should be able to elect their police chief. Disgrace/something nice: Taliban cabinet includes four terrorists whom Obama/Biden released. Taiwan is a nation with a legitimate democratic government; China is under the thumb of an illegitimate bandit and biowarfare regime.

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 10, 2021. Full episode. New congressional redistricting map puts NW Colorado under the thumb of Boulderites who want to destroy the region's economy. Douglas County Commissioners vote to withdraw from the duplicitous and unscientific Tri-County Health Department. Closure of Civic Center Park is just a first step in addressing the takeover of Denver streets by people experiencing meth. Joe Biden’s visit to Denver. Disgrace/something nice: Taliban celebrate victory that leaves them stronger than ever to attack civilization. The Intercept newspaper shows that CDC money was given to Wuhan Virology Lab to make coronavirus more transmissible.

Colorado Inside Out. Aug. 27, 2021. Full episode. Decisions about forced masking at schools should be made by persons who are accountable to families and voters, not by unelected bureaucrats. Initiative 27 on the November ballot will slightly reduce the recent and impending huge increases in property taxes. Should the big new government housing project on Colfax Ave. be named "All Nude Famous Chef"? Disgrace/something nice: In real life, Governor Andrew Cuomo killed many thousands by exposing them to CCP virus then lying about it; on TV, he played a wise and honest leader, so he rightfully earned his Emmy award as a television actor. Great athletes currently competing at the Tokyo Paralympics.

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.

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.

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.

Fewer Guns, More Genocide. Feb. 7, 2021. Even if we assume that gun control may reduce firearm homicides by individual criminals, it facilitates murder by government. The problem was on full display in the 20th Century. The cumulative dangers of armed criminals are much smaller than the danger of armed criminal governments. Episode #001 of Kopel's Law and Liberty News.

Latest Monographs and 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).

Latest Books

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.

Media quotes and cites

Gunmaker Remington offers $33M settlement to Sandy Hook families, the latest step in yearslong legal battle. USA Today. Aug. 15, 2021. Christine Fernando.

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.

Courts and Legislatures

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. 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. No. 21-40137. U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 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. Florida Supreme Court. 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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