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Books

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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.

A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Affordable Care Act. The legal scholars who fought and defeated the unconstitutional power grab.

Firearms Law & the Second Amendment; Regulation, Rights, and Policy is the first law school textbook on the Second Amendment. Buy from Amazon. Publisher webpage for book. Authors' website for book; includes Table of Contents, and Preface.

Podcasts on the book:

Chapter 7. A New and Dangerous Century.

Chapter 6. Reconstruction and the late 19th Century.

Chapter 5. The Early Republic, and the Antebellum Era.

Chapter 4. The new Constitution and the Second Amendment.

Chapter 3. The Colonies and the Revolution.

Chapter 2. Antecedents of the Second Amendment: From Confucius to the British Whigs.

Chapter 1. An introduction to firearms laws and firearms function. 

More books by Kopel.


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Jerry Kopel

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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Colorado Inside Out | Feb. 27

Short articles

Facts about mental illness and crime. Washington Post. Feb. 20, 2015.

Argentina's free press is in grave danger. Book review of Tiempos Turbulentos. The Kirchner regime's war on the free press and civil society. Washington Post. Feb. 9, 2015.

Christmas for everyone: The Graland Christmas Pageant. Here's a selection of great versions of Christmas carols. And the true story about how Christians, Jews, and atheists celebrated Christmas together, at Graland School in Denver in the 1960s and 1970s. Washington Post. Dec. 24, 2014.

Hillary Clinton's best campaign song: The Yellow Rose of Texas. Although the new pro-Hillary song is terrible, her 2008 campaign song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" shows her strengths. More than just a love song, "The Yellow Rose" tells us about our multiracial past and present. Washington Post. Dec. 9, 2014.

Watergate quiz. A quiz with 100 questions about the Watergate scandal. Washington Post. Oct. 29, 2014.

Bonidy v. United States: The Second Amendment at the post office. Analysis of challenge to gun ban in post offices and parking lots. Washington Post. Oct. 2, 2014.

New Anti-Gun Strategies. "Assault weapon" bans have proved very unpopular — but the anti-gun lobbies aren’t giving up entirely. National Review. Sept. 16, 2014.


In the Media

Gun rights front and center at Evergreen Tea Party meeting. Canyon Courier. Feb. 11, 2015.

PA Township Posts Signs: ‘This is not a gun free zone’. Breitbart.com. Feb. 9, 2015.

Senate concealed carry battle: Go ahead. Make their wait longer.. Denver Post. Feb. 5, 2015.

Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher is surely one of a kind, as documentary shows. Kopel quoted on the great Denver politician. Colorado Statesman. Jan. 30, 2015.

Gun Control Groups See Future in State Ballot Initiatives. Time. Nov. 5, 2014.


Television, Radio, Podcasts  

Colorado Inside Out. The clash between VA Secretary McDonald and Rep. Mike Coffman, growing the powers of the Office of the Independent Monitor for the Denver Police, passing of the Parental Bill of Rights, Medical marijuana use in public schools plus the retirement of Jon Stewart and the suspension of Brian Williams. Feb. 13, 2015.

Colorado Inside Out. Mayor Hancock's re-election, new gun bills, CO and measles vaccinations. Feb. 6, 2015.

Colorado Inside Out. The shooting of a teen by DPD, Death With Dignity Act, problems with CO Health Exchange. Jan. 30, 2015.

Colorado Inside Out. MLK Marade. Licenses for the undocumented. State of the Union. Expiration of commissions. Jan. 23, 2015.

Colorado Inside Out. Governor Hickenlooper's second term in office, Governor John Hickenlooper's 2.0 program that focuses economic development, Denver City Council's proposal of a 10.9% pay raise for City Officials, and protest surrounding Bill Cosby's performance at the Buell Theatre. Jan. 16, 2015.

Armed Resistance to Genocide. Presentation on the armed resistance to genocide given to the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. YouTube.com. 82 minutes. Oct. 21, 2014.

Libertarianism.org Episode 49. The right to keep and bear arms. Interview by Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus. Soundcloud.com. 57 minutes. Sept. 26, 2014.

Nat Hentoff interview. Kopel speaks with legendary music critic, journalist, syndicated columnist, and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. They discuss the current state of civil liberties in America and Nat explains why Obama has been the worst president of all-time when it comes to our individual freedoms. YouTube.com. 55 minutes. Sept. 17, 2014.

Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon? Cato Institute panel event. Sept. 12, 2014.


Latest Monographs & Journal articles

Reforming Mental Health Law to Protect Public Safety and Help the Severely Mentally Ill . 59 Howard Law Journal (2015, forthcoming). With Clayton Cramer & Carolyn J. Dobbins.

The History of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition. 88 Albany Law Review (forthcoming 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).

The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment. 81 Tennessee Law Review 419 (2014).

Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce? 127 Harvard Law Review 230 (2014).

From Razing a Village to Razing the Constitution: The Branch Davidian Stand-Off Twenty Years Later. 36 Reason Papers 72 (2014). With Paul Blackman.

Necessary Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the U.S. Interest. Heritage Foundation Backgrounder #2861. With Theodore R. Bromund. Dec. 11, 2013.

Knives and the Second Amendment. 47 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 175 (2013). With Clayton Cramer and Joseph Olson.

Mexico’s Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States? 18 Texas Review of Law & Politics 27 (2013).

Ancient Hebrew Militia Law. 90 Denver University Law Review Online 175 (2013).

Evolving Christian Attitudes Towards Personal and National Self-defense. 45 Connecticut Law Review 1709 (2013). Analyzes changes in Christian thought about the use of force, from the 19th to the 21st century. PDF.

Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects. 6 Albany Government Law Review 306 (2013). With Trevor Burrus.


In Congress and Legislatures

Kopel signs letter against confirmation of David Barron to First Circuit. May 13, 2014.


In the Courts

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.

Independence Institute, Cato Institute, Reason Foundation amicus brief in support of the SCt cert petition in Kerr v. Hickenlooper. Primary and Cato Authors: Ilya Shapiro, Julio Colomba, David B. Kopel, Manuel S. Klausner. Nov. 20, 2014.

Joel Esquenzi and Carlos Rodriguez v. United States of America. Washington Legal Foundation and the Independence Institute amicus brief in support of petitioners. United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Sept. 11, 2014.

Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District (2014). Independence Institute amicus brief to the Colorado Supreme Court in the Douglas County school vouchers case in support of the respondents.

Constitutional law professors in Jerusalem passport case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, Supreme Court amicus brief in support of petitioner.

The documents in Cooke et al. v. Hickenlooper are available here. Fifty-five Sheriffs, the Colorado Farm Bureau, disabled citizens, hunting guides, Women for Concealed Carry, and other plaintiffs have filed suit against the Colorado bills that ban magazines, and that outlaw some temporary transfers of firearms.

Amicus briefs in Shew v. Malloy (2d Cir. 2014) and Fyock v. Sunnyvale (9th Cir. 2014). The history of magazines of greater than 10 rounds, and of magazine prohibition, in the United States.

National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (2014). Amicus brief of the Independence Institute. Original meaning of the Recess Appointments Clause. Professor Natelson's research presented in this brief was cited several times in the four-Justice concurring opinion written by Justice Scalia. 

 

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