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Books

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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 thanin 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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Fewer Guns, More Genocide: Europe in the 20th Century. Northwestern University Law Revew Symposium, panel 3: Theory and Conflict. Oct. 9, 2020. 76 minutes. Kopel starts at 41:50.

Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 23 2020. Dem women rush to cast their ballots against Trump. How Colorado's extreme restrictions on campaign contributions promote dark money. U.S. District Judge Dan Domenico rules that Governor's orders against churches cannot treat churches worse than other entities. Colorado wildfires are the results of decades of bad forest management. Disgrace/Something nice: Denver School Board squashes high-quality high school for poor and minorities. Hurray for county clerks and volunteer pollwatchers.

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

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

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.

Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg of Rutgers Law School. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. Oct. 6, 2020.

Politics ever present for Supreme Court picks. Denver Gazette. Sept. 27, 2020.

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. v. Attorney General of New Jersey. No. 19-3142 (3d Cir. Sept. 22, 2020). Amicus brief of law professors, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, Madison Society Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundatinon, and Independence Institute. In support of petition for rehearing en banc, regarding N.J. magazine confiscation statute.

Latest Court citations:

Federal Circuits: Duncan v. Becerra. No. 19-55376, 2020 WL 4730668 (9th Cir. Aug. 14, 2020). Magazine confiscation law violates the Second Amendment. Opinion includes three pages of the history of magazines, based on The History of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition. 78 Albany Law Review 849 (2015).

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs Inc v. Attorney General New Jersey. No. 19-3142, 2020 WL 5200683 (3d Cir. Sept. 1, 2020). Upholding magazine confiscation. Dissent cites: The History of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition. 78 Albany Law Review 849 (2015); The Federal Circuits' Second Amendment Doctrines. 61 St. Louis University Law Journal 193 (2017); Amicus brief on behalf of 7 professors of Second Amendment law, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Independence Institute.

U.S. Supreme Court:

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. 140 S.Ct. 1525 (Justice Alito dissenting, joined by Justices Gorsuch and Thomas) (Apr. 27, 2020) "[T]he law was upheld based on what we are told is the framework for reviewing Second Amendment claims that has been uniformly adopted by the Courts of Appeals. See Brief for Second Amendment Law Professors et al. as Amici Curiae 8-9.” “It is true that a lawful gun owner can sometimes practice at a range using a gun that is owned by and rented at the range. But the same model gun that the person owns may not be available at a range, and in any event each individual gun may have its own characteristics. See Brief for Professors of Second Amendment Law et al. as Amici Curiae 10-12. Professors brief.

Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue, 591 U.S.---, no. 18-1195, pp. 2, 6, 6 n.6 (June 30, 2020) (Alito, J., concurring) (citing Independence Inst. amicus brief, and scholarship of Ind. Inst.'s prof. Rob Natelson).

Rogers v. Grewel, 590 U.S.---, no. 18–824, p. 10, note 3 (June 15, 2020) (Thomas, J., dissenting from denial of cert.) (Regarding an advocate's claim about Sir John Knight's Case from England in 1686: "This assertion has been repudiated by subsequent scholarship. See Kopel, The First Century of Right to Arms Litigation, 14 Geo. J. L.& Pub. Pol’y 127, 135, n. 46 (2016)."

State Supreme Courts:

Gund v. County of Trinity. California Supreme Court. No. S249792. (Aug. 27, 2020). Citing 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).

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Polis. Colorado Supreme Court. 2020 CO 66, at 7 n. 3. (June 29, 2020). "Amici Curiae Colorado Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association et al. argue that HB 1224 also burdens the article II, section 13 right 'to keep and bear arms . . . in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned.' Because Plaintiffs did not address this theory in their complaint, on appeal, or in their briefing to this court, we do not review it." Which means that this portion of the Colorado right is expressly not judicially nullifed.

Short articles

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.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Legacy Founded on Vision, Clarity, and Generosity. Professor Ginsburg's career at Rutgers Law School. Epoch Times. Sept. 23, 2020.

Magazine confiscation splits Third and Ninth Circuits: Analysis and history. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. Sept. 8, 2020.

The Declaration of Independence will never be outmoded, as President Coolidge explained. Equality, inalienable rights, and consent of the governed can be opposed only by reactionaries. Reason, Volokh Conspiracy. July 4, 2020.

Does the Second Amendment prohibit slavery? What Lysander Spooner argued in 1845 became the law of the land in 1868. Reason/Volokh Conspiracy. June 19, 2020.

The pro-slavery origins of American gun control. Complete Colorado. June 14, 2020.

Gun control’s racist history still being written. Complete Colorado. June 9, 2020.


In the Media

Colorado’s Proposition 113 is a linchpin in national popular vote campaign but major hurdles remain: The political landscape suggests the national popular vote compact is unlikely to come to fruition and legal challenges loom large. Colorado Sun. Oct. 14, 2020. Evan Ochsner.

Riots Likely Drove 2020's Biggest Gun Sales Spike. Seasonally adjusted sales hit unprecedented levels in June, analysis shows. Washington Free Beacon. Sept. 8, 2020. Charles Fain Lehman and Stephen Gutowski.

National Popular Vote statute violates Colorado Constitution says DU law professor. Complete Colorado. Sept. 6, 2020. Scott Weiser.

Kyle Rittenhouse and his militia defense ignores that private paramilitaries are illegal, NBC Think. Sept. 5, 2020. Erik Schechter.

Alvin York & the U.S. Gun Culture that Saved Europe, GATDaily. Sept. 4, 2020. Miguel Faria.

Knife Rights: Amicus Brief Filed in Hawaii Butterfly Knife Second Amendment Case, Ammoland.com. Sept. 1, 2020. Doug Ritter

Kopel on Red Flag Laws. CrimProf Blog. Aug. 27, 2020.

Joe Biden’s dubious claim about Revolutionary War cannon ownership. Politifact. June 29, 2020. Louis Jacobson.

18-to-20-Year-Olds and the Second Amendment: Challenge to Florida Law Can Continue. So holds a federal district court. The Volokh Conspiracy. May 5, 2020. Eugene Volokh.


Television, Radio, Podcasts  

The Craig Silverman Show. Podcast. Topics include guns, Lauren Boebert, electoral college, religion. Oct. 24, 2020. Kopel is 1:40:19 to 2:30:53.

Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 23, 2020. Full episode. Dem women rush to cast their ballots against Trump. How Colorado's extreme restrictions on campaign contributions promote dark money. U.S. District Judge Dan Domenico rules that Governor's orders against churches cannot treat churches worse than other entities. Colorado wildfires are the results of decades of bad forest management. Disgrace/Something nice: Denver School Board squashes high-quality high school for poor and minorities. Hurray for county clerks and volunteer pollwatchers.

Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 16, 2020. Full episode. Self-described "anti-fascists" are hardcore fascists. Black Guns Matter is a good organization. Hickenlooper/Gardner debate. People will not obey another lockdown, because the authorities have torched their own credibility. Disgrace and something nice: Proposition EE is a scam for Philip Morris to steal market share from less expensive competitors. Thank you to county clerks and poll watchers.

Fewer Guns, More Genocide: Europe in the 20th Century. Northwestern University Law Revew Symposium, panel 3: Theory and Conflict. Oct. 9, 2020.

The stakes in the Amy Coney Barrett nomination. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Russian language station. Sept. 26, 2020.

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 18, 2020. Full episode. Denver proposed budget. Camping site for homeless opposed by neighborhood. High schools sports partially reopening. Disgrace/Something nice: "Decay in Denver" documentary; Justice Gorsuch and Rebecca Love Kourlis write about improving access to legal services.

Guns: Culture, Control, and Trump. Devil's Advocate with Jon Caldara. July 24, 2020. Examining increases in gun ownership in 2020, and over the last seven decades. The racist history of American gun control. 36 minutes.

Constitutional Chats, from Constituting Amerca. Federalist Paper 37, The Difficulties of Convention, by James Madison. June 9, 2020. Because of the limits of human knowledge and language, and the diversity of human interests, the proposed Constitution could not be expected to be theoretically perfect. One hour video.


Latest Monographs & Journal articles

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 2020).

Federal Circuit Second Amendment Developments 2018. 7 Lincoln Memorial University Law Review 20 (2020). With Joseph G.S. Greenlee

The Second Amendment Rights of Young Adults. 43 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 495 (2019). With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

The 'Sensitive Places' Doctrine: Locational Limits on the Right to Bear Arms. 13 Charleston Law Review 205 (2018).

History and Tradition in Modern Circuit Cases on the Second Amendment Rights of Young People. 43 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 119 (2018). With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

Defining "Assault Weapons." The Regulatory Review (Univ. of Pennsylvania). Nov. 14, 2018.

Data Indicate Second Amendment Underenforcement. 68 Duke Law Journal Online 79 (2018). Problems in the Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits.


In the Courts and Congress

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. v. Attorney General of New Jersey. No. 19-3142 (3d Cir. Sept. 22, 2020). Amicus brief of law professors, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, Madison Society Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundatinon, and Independence Institute. In support of petition for rehearing en banc, regarding N.J. magazine confiscation statute.

Zoie H. v. State of Nebraska. No 19-1418. July 24, 2020. Cert. petition amicus brief of Professors of Second Amendment law, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundation, Madison Society Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, and Independence Institute. Can an adult be prohibited from exercising the right to arms based on a juvenile conviction for which a jury trial was not allowed. The amicus brief discusses the history and tradition of arms rights for young adults.

Young v. Hawaii, No. 12-17808 (9th Cir. en banc 2020). Amicus brief for Professors of Second Amendment Law, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, Cato Institute, Madison Society Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, and Independence Institute. Hawaii ban on licensed open carry.

Vermont v. Misch, No. 2019–266 (Apr. 24, 2020). Amicus brief of Cato Institute, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and Independence Institute. Vermont magazine ban violates the text, history, tradition, and policy of the Vermont Constitution's right to arms. Statutory addendum.

In re: Interrogatory Submitted by the Colorado General Assembly. No. 2020SA000100. Brief of Independence Institute. Mar. 24, 2020.

Rupp v. Becerra. No. 19-56004. 9th Circuit. Feb. 3, 2020. Amicus brief of Firearms Policy Coalition/Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, Madison Society Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundation, and Independence Institute. By any standard, the semiautomatic firearms banned by California are in "common use," and therefore they may not be prohibited.

Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs v. Attorney General or New Jersey. No. 19-3142. 3d Circuit. Feb. 3, 2020. Amicus brief of Professors of Second Amendment Law, Firearms Policy Coalition/Foundation, Madison Society Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundation, and Independence Institute. Repeating firearms predate the Second Amendment by two centuries; by the time of the Second Amendment, repeaters holding more than 10 rounds were well established. Accordingly, New Jersey's confiscation of all such magazines is unconstitutional.

Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. No. 18-1195. U.S. Supreme Court. Sept. 18, 2019. Merits amicus brief. Many state constitutions, including Montana's, prohibit government aid to "sectarian" educational institutions. According to the original meaning, on the nineteenth century, "sectarian" did not refer to religion in general, but only to religions that were considered extreme, heretical, fanatical, or bad.

 

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