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.
We Need Judges Who Stand For Gun Rights. America's 1st Freedom. Oct. 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.
The Racist Origin of Gun Control Laws. The Hill. Aug. 22, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.
D.C. Circuit upholds right to bear arms for D.C. residents. Washington Post. July 25, 2017.
Federal court enjoins California large-capacity magazine confiscation. Washington Post. June 30, 2017.
Bad police training may have killed Philando Castile. Washington Post. June 22, 2017.
The Hearing Protection Act and 'silencers'. Washington Post. June 20, 2017.
In the Media
Pelosi’s claim the House GOP is ‘inviting’ violent criminals to carry concealed weapons. Three Pinocchios. Washington Post. Dec. 12, 2017. by Glenn Kessler.
Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman wants concealed carry for guns across state lines. Colorado Independent. Dec. 4, 2017. by Corey Hutchins.
‘Ghost Guns,’ Homemade and Untraceable, Face Growing Scrutiny. New York Times. Nov. 27, 2017. by Christina Caron.
Cornyn Bill Would Nix Pay for Federal Overseers Who Don't Report to Gun Background Check System. PJ Media. Nov. 23, 2017. by Karl Herchenroeder.
Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban, poll finds. The Guardian. Nov. 19, 2017. By Lois Beckett.
Why both sides of debate say Devin Kelley should not have owned a gun. Christian Science Monitor. Nov. 8, 2017. by Patrik Johnsson and Henry Gass.
Valor Econômico não economiza na defesa furada do desarmamento. Cada Minuto (Brazil). Oct. 25, 2017. By Bene Barbosa.
Making People Wait After Buying a Gun Could Save 900 Lives a Year. Newsweek. Oct. 18, 2017. By Janissa Delzo.
Experts weigh in on ‘bump stock’ regulations, fatal shootings. KOAT televsion, Hearst. Oct. 17, 2017. By David Taube.
A Bump Stock Ban Is Popular With the Public. But Experts Have Their Doubts. New York Times. Oct. 12, 2017. By Margot Sanger-Katz and Quoctrung Bui.
The NRA made a concession on bump stocks – but did we all just get played? The Guardian. Oct. 6, 2017. By Lois Beckett.
Las Vegas shooting unlikely to affect Colorado gun laws, leaders say. Colorado Springs Gazette. Oct. 9, 2017. By Joey Bunch.
Gun Control Advocate and Singer-Actress Nancy Sinatra: “NRA Members Should Face Firing Squad.” Washington Standard. Oct. 10, 2017. By Tim Brown.
How to Reduce Mass Shooting Deaths? Experts Say These Gun Laws Could Help. New York Times. Oct. 5, 2017. By Margot Sanger-Katz and Quoctrung Bui.
The Trump administration has already been rolling back gun regulations. Washington Post. Oct. 4, 2017. By Beth Reinhard and Sari Horwitz.
No, gun silencers wouldn't have worsened the Las Vegas shooting. Politifact. Oct. 4, 2017. By Manuela Tobias.
Las Vegas Gunman Had Arsenal in Hotel Room. Wall Street Journal. Oct. 2, 2017. By Joe Palazzolo and Zusha Elinson.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
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.
Colorado Inside Out. Dec. 8, 2017. Full episode. Colorado Dems struggle to rename Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case and religious liberty. The blob wins in Douglas County, eliminates vouchers. Denver Police Department singles out Republican Rep. Lori Saine for unusually harsh treatment. Postgame: Private group to build affordable housing.
How to regulate (not ban) bump stocks. Interstate carry reciprocity. Cato Daily Podcast. Dec. 8, 2017.
Colorado Inside Out. Dec. 1, 2017. Full episode. Denver Post layoffs. Misdirected anti-gentrification campaign against Ink! Coffee. Colorado legislatiure and workplace harassment. Postgame: Denver's changing restaurant scene.
Yes, They Are Coming for Your Guns. Hawaii confiscates firearms from lawful users of medical marijuana. NRA News, Cam & Company. Nov. 30, 2017.
Should Gun Makers Face Lawsuits After Mass Shootings? National Public Radio. OnPoint with Tom Ashbrook. Nov. 14, 2017. Kopel first appears at 20:42.
Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio. Nov. 14, 2017. Lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
Colorado Inside Out. Nov. 10, 2017. Speaker Duran calls for Steve Lebsock to resign. Colorado election results. Cynthia Coffman joins Governor race. US House approves Mike Coffman's mental health bill for veterans. Postgame: Judge rejects lawsuit against I-70 expansion.
Mass killings in gun-free countries. NRA News. Nov. 9, 2017.
Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio. Nov. 6, 2017. Changes in gun control laws.
Pro-gun Party Grows in Australia. NRA News. Oct. 31, 2017. The Shooters, Fishers, and Farmers party in New South Wales.
Colorado Inside Out: 25 Years. Oct. 27, 2017. Hour-long document about Colorado's longest-running public affairs television program.
The Staggering Hypocrisy of Harvey Weinstein. NRA News. Oct. 17, 2017.
Gun Rights are Women's Rights. PragerU. Hosted by Katie Pavlich. Oct. 16, 2017.
Inflated Stats Used to Promote Gun Control. NRA News. Oct. 10, 2017. The claim that there are more "mass shootings" than days in the year.
Will more gun laws stop the next mass shooting? (Wall Street) Journal Editorial Report. Fox News. Oct. 7, 2017. Interview by Paul Gigot.
US gun control debate rages after Las Vegas mass shooting. Australia Broadcast Corporation, RN Breakfast. Oct. 4, 2017.
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 (forthcoming 2018).
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
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).
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.
Texiera 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.
Wrenn v. District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit). Amicus brief of legal historians explains that peaceable carrying of arms was lawful in the American colonies, in the Early Republic, and in the vast majority of the United States through 1900.
Sheriffs' reply brief in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. May 29, 2015. Governor Hickenlooper's arguments in favor of the magazine ban demonstrate its unconstitutionality.
Peruta v. San Diego. April 30, 2015. En banc rehearing before the 9th Circuit. Amicus brief for the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association. Explains the empirical evidence showing that licensed handgun carry strengthens public safety.
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.