In the wake of a gun ban, Venezuela sees rising homicide rate. Including murder of dissidents by government. The Hill. Apr. 19, 2018. with Vincent Harinam.
The Million Mom March: Mass Mobilization Against Guns. In 2000, the Million Mom March brought hundreds of thousands of people together to demonstrate against guns. Reason.com. Mar. 22, 2018.
Gun ban for young adults would be wholly unconstitutional. The Hill. Mar. 13, 2018. with Joseph Greenlee.
The First "Assault Weapon": Banning Guns Based on "Style" Rather than Function. Reason.com. Mar. 5, 2018.
The History of the 'Assault Weapon' Hoax. Part 1: The Crime that Started it All. A 1989 shooting at a Cal. schoolyard began the national "assault weapon" issue. It was a consequence of law enforcement failure. Reason.com. Mar. 2, 2018.
Arming teachers can protect kids. (N.Y.) Daily News. Feb. 28, 2018. with Laura Carno.
The Anglo-American Office of Sheriff. Americans' right to elect their Sheriffs comes from ancient English legal tradition. Reason. Feb. 13, 2018.
Can Governments Ban Gun Stores? Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case. Reason. Feb. 9, 2018.
Congress should use constitutional power to force states to honor gun rights. Why national right to carry reciprocity is a proper exercise of congressional power. The Hill. Dec. 31, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.
The American Indian foundation of American gun culture. Washington Post. Nov. 21, 2017.
Mass shootings in gun-free nations. Washington Post. Nov. 9, 2017.
What if there were serious gun controls? The Hill. Nov. 8, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.
Are There Really More Mass Shootings Than Days in the Year? Wall Street Journal. Oct. 8, 2017.
Some older articles on school safety:
Want to stop mass shootings? Let's get more guns in the right hands. Especially, FASTER training for teachers. The Hill. June 18, 2017. With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.
Good guys with guns: Former Interpol chief Ron Noble on the Westgate Mall mass shooting. Washington Post. May 16, 2016.
Guns on university campuses: The Colorado experience. Washington Post. April 20, 2015.
Pretend "Gun-free" School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction. 42 Connecticut Law Review
Only press itself can stop copycats. Killers, suicides thrive on publicity given those who
perpetrated earlier crimes. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Sept. 23, 2006.
A Principal and his Gun. How Vice Principal Joel Myrick used his handgun to stop the school shooter in Pearl,
Mississippi. By Wayne Laugesen. Boulder Weekly, Oct. 1999.
In the Media
Constitution, Bill of Rights and Second Amendment haven’t been repealed. Paris Post-Intelligencer. Apr 23, 2018. by Michael Skaggs.
A Voice from the Warsaw Ghetto. Jerusalem Post. Apr. 18, 2018.
Three ways City Council’s gun ban will make Boulder less safe. Boulder Weekly. Apr. 12, 2018. by Paul Danish.
A Colorado city voted to ban 'assault weapons' — but numerous legal questions remain unanswered. The Blaze. Apr. 9, 2018. by Chris Enloe.
Boulder City Council passes gun ban on first reading. Complete Colorado. Apr. 7, 2018. by Sherrie Pief.
Low-crime Illinois suburb bans assault weapons and gets sued. NBC News. Apr. 6, 2018. by Jon Schuppe.
Making the world safe through censorship. Washington Times. Apr. 5, 2018. by Dale Lowdermilk.
Socialist Wave Threatens to Drown Gun Rights. America's 1st Freedom. Mar. 29, 2018. by Mark Chesnut.
Stevens' Call to Repeal Second Amendment Caps a Career of Judicial Subversion. Ammoland. Mar. 27, 2018. by David Codrea.
'Smart gun' tech isn't new. Nor are the flaws and political obstacles. Lowell Sun. Boston University Statehouse Program. Mar. 26, 2018. by Christine Lytwynec.
Trump's 'Take the Guns First. Remark Sparks Due-Process Debate. Bloomberg News. Mar. 2, 2018. by Greg Stohr.
If the Government Takes Gun Research Seriously, What Should It Study? New York Times. Mar. 2, 2018.
NRA members on Trump's plans for gun control: 'Every word of it was a betrayal'. The Guardian. Mar. 1, 2018. by Lois Beckett. (Headline quote is Kopel's).
For the Democrats running for governor in Colorado, gun bans take center stage. Colorado Independent. Mar. 1, 2018. by Corey Hutchins.
These Groups Make the NRA Look Like a Bastion of Moderation—And They Could Determine the Current Gun Debate. Daily Beast. Mar. 1, 2018. by Jackie Kucinich & Sam Stein.
Dick’s Sporting Goods joins chorus for gun control, stops selling assault-style rifles. Washington Post. Feb. 28, 2018. by Todd C. Frankel, Abha Bhattarai & Rachel Siegel.
Bump Stocks and the Bill of Rights. Firearms News. Feb. 25, 2018. by Vin Suprynowicz.
Thomas, conservatives impatient at Supreme Court's inaction on 2nd Amendment. CNN. Feb. 23, 2018. by Ariane de Vogue.
'Teachers with guns' bill fails in Colorado. Durango Herald. Feb. 22, 2018. by Joey Bunch.
Trump vows progress will be made on regulatory ban of bump stocks. (Toronto) Globe and Mail. Feb. 20, 2018. by Adrian Morrow.
Gun Rights Expand in Era of Mass Shootings. Wall Street Journal. Feb. 19, 2018. by Nicole Hong.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out. May 11, 2018. Full episode. Alden hedge fund is killing Denver Post. Legislature takes first, insufficient, steps to PERA reform. Sexual harassment charges at General Assembly. Postgame: Discrimination against religious adoption agencies; Civil rights Commission vs. civil rights; gun confiscation bill without due process.
Colorado Inside Out. Apr. 27, 2018. Full episode. Boulder Daily Camere editorial page editor Dave Kriger fired for criticizing vulture fund owner. Rep. Doug Lamborn off ballot due to petition problems. Denver Police Chief Robert White to retire. Teachers union protests. Postgame: Bill to remove work requirements for prisoners.
How's the Second Amendment Doing? A long-term perspective. Devils' Advocate with Jon Caldara. Colorado Public TV 12. Apr. 23, 2018.
Two Viewpoints On The History Of Gun Regulation In America. Interviews with David Kopel and Adam Winkler. Wyoming Public Radio. Apr. 20, 2018. by Kamila Kudelska.
Boulder City Council plans to ban guns. Michelle Morin Show. Apr. 14, 2018.
Colorado Inside Out. Apr. 13, 2018. Full episode. Trump capitulates to Sen. Gardner on legal marijuana. Alden Global drains the Denver Post. Wild times in Colo. Governor's race. Denver Police Chief faces no discipline for stiffing Open Records Act request. Postgame: Upcoming state party assemblies.
Age bans for young adults are unconstituitonal. Cam & Company. NRA News. Mar. 13, 2018.
Stefan Tubbs Show (Craig Silverman guest hosting). Feb. 22, 2018. Guns, legal history, and philosophy. Kopel starts at 28:21.
TEDx Mile High. Understanding Guns. Panel with Kimberly Corban, Jay Breitlow, and Coni Sanders. Feb. 21, 2018.
Предъявлены доказательства вмешательства России в выборы президента США. Radio Liberty. Indictment of 13 Russians for U.S. election meddling. Feb. 17, 2018.
Japan's low gun crime rate. The Briefing. Monocle 24. London. Jan. 10, 2018. Begins at 18:30.
Guns and Mass Shootings. Free Thoughts Podcast on Libertarianism.org. 51 minute interview of Kopel by Trevor Burrus. Jan. 5, 2018.
Devil's Advocate with Jon Caldara. Dec. 22, 2017. Interstate right to cary reciprocity. Why bump stocks should be more stringently regulated.
British Gun Control in Colonial America. America's Fabric radio program. 1030 KVOI AM, Tucson, Ariz. Dec. 2017. Charles Heller reads Kopel's article The American Revolution against British Gun Control.
The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment today. Guns, Politics and Freedom radio show. Dec. 10, 2017. Kopel starts at 11:00.
How to regulate (not ban) bump stocks. Interstate carry reciprocity. Cato Daily Podcast. Dec. 8, 2017.
Colorado Inside Out: 25 Years. Oct. 27, 2017. Hour-long documentary about Colorado's longest-running public affairs television program.
FarenHype 9/11. This 2004 documentary unmasks the lies in the Michael Moore and Harvey Weinstein movie Farenheit 9/11. Now available on the Web.
Colorado Inside Out. June 30, 2017. Time machine episode, set in 1917. Kopel plays Democratic Senator "Honest John" Shafroth. Introductions. Passing of Buffalo Bill Cody. US enters the Great War. Denver Mayor Robert Speer's building program. Postgame: Russian revolution.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
The Right to Arms in Nineteenth Century Colorado. 95 Denver University Law Review 329 (2018).
Firearms Law of Vietnam. Full translation of Vietnamese arms statute, plus Vietnamess text, and historical background. Independence Institute Issue Paper no. 5-2017. By Tien Thuy Dinh.
Restoring the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Cato Handbook for Policymakers (8th ed. 2017). With Trevor Burrus and Robert A. Levy.
The Federal Circuits' Second Amendment Doctrines. 61 St. Louis University Law Journal 193 (2017). 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.
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 and Congress
Teixeira v. Alameda County, no 17-982. U.S. Supreme Court, Feb. 9, 2018. Amicus brief on behalf of Cato Institute, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Owner, Independence Institute, Millennial Policy. Argues that county's ban on all new gun stores violates the Second Amendment. Address circuit court doctrine, and the history of the British arms embargo on the American colonies.
RMGO v. Hickenlooper (Colo. App. 2018). Amicus brief on behalf of Colorado Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association; Sheriffs Chad Day (Yuma County), Steve Reams (Weld), Shannon K. Byerly (Custer), and Sam Zordel (Prowers); and the Independendece Institute. Why Colorado's magazine ban endangers public safety.
Duncan v. Becerra. 9th Circuit, Jan. 8, 2017. Amicus brief urges affirmance of district court decision against confiscation of standard capacity magazines. Addresses standard of review, and empirical evidence. On behalf of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, Independence Institute, and Millenial Policy Center. Co-authored with Joseph G.S. Greenlee.
Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol Club v. Small, No. 15, 2017 (Del. Dec. 7, 2017). Cited in opinion striking down prohibition on defensive arms carry in state forests and parks.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Dec. 6, 2017. Written testimony on: Bill to ban bump stocks and some gunsmithing. S 1916; Fix NICS Act, S. 2135; Bill to allow indefinite delays in background checks, S. 1923; interstate carry reciprocity, S. 446. Video of testimony (Kopel starts at 2:31:28). Written responses to Questions for the Record for Sen. Grassley.
Kolbe v. Hogan. Amicus brief in support of cert. petition, in challenge to Maryland ban on common firearms and magazines. Amici are the National Sheriffs' Association, Cato Institute, Second Amendment Foundation, and Independence Institute. Attorneys are David Kopel, Randy Barnett, Joseph Greenlee, Ilya Shapiro. Aug. 21, 2017.
Teixeira 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.
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.