In the Courts
54 Sheriffs et
al. v. Hickenlooper. Fifty-four Sheriffs, the Colorado Farm Bureau,
disabled citizens, hunting guides, Women for Concealed Carry, and other
plaintiffs file suit against the Colorado bills that ban magazines, and that
outlaw some temporary transfers of firearms. Update: the Complaint will be
amended on May 20 to reflect the addition of Sheriff Rodney Johnson (Grand
County), the 55th Sheriff.
Amicus Brief in Jackson v. San Francisco. Independence Institute brief
addresses the proper standard of judicial review in Second Amendment cases.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. February 2013.
Amicus brief in Kerr v. Hickenlooper. Independence Institute and
Cato Institute file brief in support of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. February 2013.
Amicus brief in McKay v.
Hutchens. Law enforcement trainers amicus brief in support of
right to bear arms. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dec. 2012.
Victory in the Colorado Supreme Court! The Court
unanimously rules that the University of Colorado may not
segregate itself from persons who under Colorado state law are
licensed to carry a handgun for lawful defense "everywhere in
for the County Sheriffs of Colorado in
Concealed Carry on Campus v. Regents of the University of of
In Congress and
Testimony on Gun Bills at the Colorado State Capitol. On March 4, Kopel
testified on 5 gun bills. Video of the testimony and Q & A are as follows:
Checks. 13 minutes.
Magazine bans. 19 minutes.
Fee for background checks.
6 minutes. Liability for
manufacturers, sellers. 14 minutes.
Concealed carry permit
rules. 10 minutes. Mar. 4, 2013.
Letter to Sen. Ted
Cruz. Senator Ted Cruz is the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
Letter contains information for the hearing, “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence:
Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment.” PDF. Feb. 8,
Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on gun violence. PDF. Jan. 30, 2013.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
Knives and the Second Amendment.
University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (forthcoming). With Clayton Cramer
and Joseph Olson. Mar. 22, 2013.
Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects.
7 Albany Government Law Review (forthcoming). Mar. 12, 2013. With Trevor Burrus.
The American Revolution against British Gun Control.
Administrative and Regulatory Law News (American Bar
Association). Vol. 37, no. 4, Summer 2012.
The Great Gun
Control War of the 20th Century--and its Lessons for Today.
57 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1527 (2012).
How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the
38 Charleston Law Review 283 (2012).
For a Real Response. Now that the gun-control circus is over, we can
actually address mass violence. National Review Online. Apr. 19, 2013.
The Problem Was With the Legislation. Kopel featured in the NY Times
Room for Debate series on the question, "If 90 percent of Americans support
background checks but most senators don't, is the system broken?" New York
Times. Apr. 18, 2013.
The Problems of Toomey-Machin. National Review Online. Apr. 17, 2013.
The “Pro-Gun” Provisions of Manchin-Toomey are Actually a Bonanza of Gun Control.
Volokh.com. Apr. 15, 2013.
Schumer-Toomey gun bill deserves a committee hearing. The Daily Caller. Apr.
Turning Gun Owners into Felons. A new bill would make it a crime to
“transfer” your gun to a spouse for more than seven days. National Review. Apr.
Guns in America: Arming the right people can save lives. Good guys with guns
have managed to keep a list of shooters from carrying out the kinds of attacks
that get far more publicity. LA Times. Jan. 15, 2013.
A Divide Widened by Misunderstanding. Kopel featured in the NY Times
Room for Debate series on the question, "What is it about gun policy that
makes it such an emotional topic?" New York Times. Jan. 6, 2013.
Why Japan is so safe from guns. A society utterly different from our
own. NY Daily News. Dec. 19, 2012.
Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown. Why random mass shootings have
increased and what to do about it. Wall Street Journal. Dec. 17, 2012.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Press Conference for
54 Sheriffs et al. v. Hickenlooper. The Independence Institute held a
press conference announcing the lawsuit against the new anti-gun bills passed by
the Colorado legislature and signed by Governor Hickenlooper. YouTube.com. 39
minutes. May 17, 2013.
Colorado Inside Out.
Legislature wrap up, pot regulation, gun control, civil unions, in-state tuition
for illegal immigrants, James Holmes plea.
Post game: Denver Mayor's
letter to work with Adams County to develop land around Denver International
Airport. May 10, 2013.
Guns.com video, Kopel discusses the defeat of Manchin-Toomey, the current
state of guns, and the gun debate in Colorado. Later, Kopel talks about his new
book, The Truth About Gun Control in
this video. May 9, 2013.
The Blaze TV.
Discussion of the Kopel-led lawsuit against the three gun control measures
passed by the 2013 Colorado legislature. YouTube.com. 5 minutes. May 1, 2013.
Colorado Inside Out. 420
rally developments, Sen. Michael Bennet headlines, state sex offender audit.
Post game: Mile High Cab
Supreme Court ruling. Apr. 26, 2013.
Kopel joins iVoices.org to discuss his latest book, "The Truth About Gun
Control." MP3. 21 minutes. Apr. 25, 2013.
1310 KFKA. Kopel
discusses his new book, Manchin-Toomey, and why the President's gun laws failed.
MP3. 19 minutes. Apr. 24, 2013.
ABC (Australia Broadcasting Commission) Radio National. Discussion of gun
control with Professor Robert Spitzer and Professor Adam Winkler. MP3. 29
minutes. Mar. 24, 2013.
NRA News. Kopel
discusses the fallout of the three new gun control bills signed by Governor
Hickenlooper. The magazine ban is particularly egregious. YouTube.com. 16
minutes. Mar. 20, 2013.
ABA Civil Rights Subcommittee Roundtable. Discussion on gun violence and
whether more gun control is the answer. Kopel joined by Adam Winkler of
Gunfight, Prof. Nicholas Johnson of Fordham University's School of Law, and Ladd
Everritt from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Moderated by Attorney Bobbie
K. Ross. MP3. 60 minutes. Mar. 14, 2013.
In the Media
Winners and losers of the 2013 Colorado General Assembly. The Denver Post
names Kopel one of the winners of this legislative session. The Denver Post. By
the editorial board. May 9, 2013.
With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat? Why
the decrease in violent crime, coupled with the increase in firearms, disputes
the simplistic conventional wisdom. Christian Science Monitor. By Patrik
Jonsson. May 8, 2013.
States with the Most Gun Violence. How some gun homicide statistics can be
skewed. 24/7 Wall Street. Apr. 15, 2013.
Attacks from left and right undermine gun bill on mental health. Commentary
on the delicate balance between rights for the mentally ill, civil committment
and gun law. Health Policy Solutions. By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon. Apr. 11, 2013.
Back From Recess, Congress Preps For Gun Legislation Fight. Kopel quoted in
NPR Weekend Edition story on why conservatives are skeptical of background
checks. NPR. By Ailsa Chang. Apr. 7, 2013.
Five notable reading-list additions. Kopel's new pamphlet, "The Truth About
Gun Control" featured by the Tribune for suggested reading. Pittsburg Tribune.
By Alan Wallace. Apr. 6, 2013.
After Newtown shootings, pro-gun measures also gain ground. How one-party
control can push both pro-gun and anti-gun legislation through state
legislatures. MSN News. By James Eng. Apr. 4, 2013.
Report Links High Rates of Gun Violence to Weak State Regulations.
Kopel comments on a report that links weak gun controls with high rates of gun
violence. New York Times. By Erica Goode. Apr. 2, 2013.