Tragedy's Playbook. The Bloomberg organization's manual for how to exploit heinous crimes by encouraging emotion and discouraging reason. America's 1st Freedom. Nov. 2013.
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.
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.
2017 is shaping up to be another winning year for gun owners. The Hill. April 25, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.
Firearms technology and the original meaning of the Second Amendment. Washington Post. April 3, 2017.
In the Media
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
US gun control debate rages after Las Vegas mass shooting. Australia Broadcast Corporation, RN Breakfast. Oct. 4, 2017.
Will gun control legislation make a difference? Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio. Oct. 4, 2017.
Federal ltigiation update. Gun Rights Policy Conference. Dallas. Sept. 30, 2017.
Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 22, 2017. Full episode. New report shows rising housing prices in Denver. Dept. of Corrections to build private prison. Graham-Cassidy health bill. Park Hill Golf Course sold. Post-game: Lakewood growth limit ballot issue.
Colorado Inside Out. Aug. 25, 2017. Full episode. Kasich-Hickenlooper presidential ticket? Tom Tancredo considers gubernatorial run. Perlmutter to re-run for Congress. Post-game: license applications now being accepted for social marijuana clubs in Denver.
Colorado Inside Out. Aug. 18, 2017. Angry mob at Cory Gardner town hall. Charlottesville aftermath. New Denver sanctuary city law. Trump fires Bannon. Postgame: Albus Brooks proposes opiod drug injection sites.
Colorado Inside Out. Aug. 11, 2017. Denver City Council issues. Denver Sheriff overtime spending. Jack Graham may run for governor. Denver Post 125th anniversary. Postgame: labor law violations by Cargill and Teamsters.
The Morality of Self-defense and Military Action. Larry Pratt interviews Kopel about his new book. Gun Owners News Hour Radio. Aug. 7, 2017.
Evolving First and Second Amendments. (Los Angeles) Daily Journal. July 28, 2017. The D.C. Circuit's Wrenn decision, upholding the right to bear arms. Kopel segment starts at about 20 minutes.
Tensions Rise In America's Gun Debate. NPR "On Point." KUOW radio. July 11, 2017. With Rep. Scott Perry, Lois Beckett and John Donohue.
The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action. Book interview with Kopel on "Devil's Advocate," CPT 12 Denver. 15 minutes.
Testimony on Colorado Senate bill 15-005. Bill to allow armed teachers in schools, if they are trained by Sheriffs' Offices. Colorado Senate State Affairs Committee. Jan. 24, 2017. 3:49.
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
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
Robinson v. United States. Amicus brief in support of cert. petition, by West Virginia and 4 other states. Lawful carrying of a firearm should not automatically justify a police stop-and-frisk. Kopel's research cited.
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.