Libertarian criticism of police militarization. David Kopel's arguments and
research against the militarization of law enforcement. Washington Post. Aug.
The dangerous and controversial speakers of 1900 at the University of Michigan
Law School. Guest speakers at the University of Michigan in 1900 incited
controversies--and a riot. Washington Post. Aug. 13, 2014.
Pro-gun Milwaukee Sheriff defeats challenge from Bloomberg. Bloomberg
spending fails to unseat pro-gun Milwaukee Sheriff. Washington Post. Aug. 13,
Licensed handgun carry now legal in District of Columbia: Palmer v. DC.
Effects of federal court decision allowing licensed handgun carry in D.C.
Washington Post. July 28, 2014.
The Scam Artist. Former New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s newest gun-prohibition group, Everytown for Gun
Safety, has gotten off to a rough start. America's 1st Freedom. July 2014.
Former Nixon speechwriter: Why the president had to resign, or be impeached.
John K. Andrews's explanation for why the lawless president he once served had
to be removed from office. July 7, 2014.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. Movie review. "Gore Vidal: United
States of Amnesia" is a fine film for everyone who is interested in American
intellectual history. Washington Post. June 17, 2014.
The missing 18 1/2 minutes: Presidential destruction of incriminating evidence.
How Richard Nixon got away with destroying 18 1/2 minutes of taped evidence
against him. Washington Post. June 16, 2014.
Emmy nomination: 1973 time machine episode of Colorado Inside Out. "Time
machine" episode of Colorado Public TV roundtable program goes back to 1973.
Washington Post. June 1, 2014.
In the Media
Gun group's church violence stats can't be verified. Why anecdotal evidence
has value. Politifact.com. By April Hunt. Aug. 1, 2014.
Judge's Ruling Upends D.C. Gun Ban. Kopel and Gura elated at the court's
decision. The Washington Informer. By Barrington M. Salmon. July 29, 2014.
New York court sets aside “gravity knife” prosecution. Kopel's work cited.
The Washington Post. By Eugene Volokh. July 25, 2014.
pave way for gun control? How Hideyoshi's rule shaped owning guns in Japan.
The Japan News. By The Yomiuri Shimbun. July 13, 2014.
Colorado politicians split on Hobby Lobby ruling. Why the Hobby Lobby ruling
is more about politics than anytihng else. 9News.com. By Brandon Rittiman. June
Campus gun ban measure won't be on Colorado's November ballot. Kopel
comments on the pulling of the campus gun ban measure. Colorado Public Radio. By
Jenny Brundin. June 25, 2014.
With Drake gone, what’s next? 2nd Amendment scholars open up. Kopel gives
some reasons why the SCOTUS won't be hearing the Drake case. Guns.com.
May 6, 2014.
Operation Choke Point Targets Porn and Firearms, Potentially Violating the
Constitution. Restrictions can violate the Second Amendment even if aimed at
sellers. OpenMarket.org. May 6, 2014.
Marco Rubio says Second Amendment is unique in speech to NRA. Other than the
US, what other countries have an express right to arms in the constitution?
Politifact.com. Apr. 25, 2014.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out.
The suicide of Robin Williams and a Boulder home that become one of many shrines
built in his honor. Talks of Mayor Hancock's handling of restructuring the
Denver sheriff's department in light of recent reports of misconduct. Retail tax
revenue lower than initial projections.
Post game: The state of
Colorado's education system with the release of the 2014 TCAP results. Aug. 15,
Colorado Inside Out.
The loophole that allowed Arapahoe High School not to report the December 2013
shooting to the Dept. of Education. Gov. Hickenlooper announcing a compromise on
fracking ballot initiatives and the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission's
lawsuit against Longmont being dropped.
Post game: Denver
requesting federal funding to support a group of unaccompanied immigrants from
Central America. Aug. 8, 2014.
The Dan Caplis Show.
Hour 1: Frackban initiatives withdrawn. Cigar rights under attack by FDA. Hour
2. Knife Rights. David Harsanyi on media miscoverage of Israel. Alan Gottlieb of
Second Amendment Foundation. 710 KNUS. Aug. 6, 2014.
NRA News - Cam and
Company. The ruling in Palmer v DC making licensed handgun carry
legal in the District of Columbia. July 28, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
Sarah Palin's trip to Denver for the 5th Annual Western Conservative Conference.
Safe Clean Colorado's efforts to get two fracking issues on November's ballot.
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the city of Denver's dispute over how to
proceed in the remodeling of Boettcher Concert Hall. July 25, 2014.
On the legal battle against Colorado's anti-gun laws. July 18, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
New CNN series focused on the Nathan Dunlap case. President Obama's visit to
Denver in support of Sen. Udall, who wasn't present at the events. Denver,
Boulder and Pueblo issuing same sex marriage licenses, despite ban. Sen. Udall
proposing new bill to ban employers from refusing health coverage to their
employees, especially contraceptives.
Post game: The
judge in the Aurora Theater Shooting trial of James Holmes, being postponed
until July 22, 2015 to give the state mental hospital conducting the defendant's
mental evaluation more time. July 11, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
This time, host Dominic Dezzutti, along with Patricia Calhoun, David Kopel, Dani
Newsum and Kevin Flynn visit 1964. Topics include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s
visit to Denver, Denver's newest police chief and the influx of government
agencies relocating to Colorado.
Post game: Dominic
Dezzutti, Patricia Calhoun, David Kopel, Dani Newsum, Kevin Flynn take us back
in history as they discuss the presidential race involving President Johnson and
Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. July 4, 2014.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
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. Journal of
Criminal Law and Criminology (forthcoming 2014).
The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.
81 Tennessee Law Review
Does the Second Amendment Protect
Firearms Commerce? 127 Harvard Law Review 230 (2014).
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
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.
Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects.
6 Albany Government Law Review 306 (2013). With Trevor Burrus.
In Congress and
letter against confirmation of David Barron to First Circuit. May 13, 2014.
In the Courts
Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District
(2014). Independence Institute
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