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Criminal Justice & U.S. Const. amends. 4-10

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Media and 1st Amendment


Right to Arms: Policy issues

Right to Arms: Law, history, politics

Right to Arms: International

Terrorism (& Fahrenheit 9/11)



Newspaper & magazines articles: 2007 to present; 2001-2006; 1986-2000.

Books, law review articles, other scholarly publications.

Blog archive through 2013. Blog archive

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Briefs and legal citations

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Kopel blogging for the Washington Post's "Volokh Conspiracy"

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PDFs of Kopel's Dave's journal articles on SSRN.


The Truth About Gun ControlPublished in March 2013.  Truth About Gun Control animation. Animated video from publisher Encounter Books featuring a section of Kopel's book. YouTube.com. 4 minutes. July 11, 2013.







A Conspiracy against ObamacareJust published. A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Affordable Care Act.

Firearms Law & the Second Amendment; Regulation, Rights, and Policy, by Nicholas Johnson, David Kopel, George Mocsary, Michael O'Shea

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 | July 25

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Short articles

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.

A Fault Line in California. One of the biggest Second Amendment court victories ever was recently won in California, and the National Rifle Association was there every step of the way. America's 1st Freedom. May 2014.

The history of magazines holding 11 or more rounds: Amicus brief in 9th Circuit. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds have been common in America for over 150 years. Washington Post. May 29, 2014.

Brady Center lawsuit to use “smart” gun mandate to trigger handgun ban in New Jersey. NJ lawsuit on "smart" guns report would ban handgun sales. Washington Post. May 22, 2014.

Vagueness challenge in Manhattan DA’s use of gravity knives. New York District Attorney asserts that common folding knives are illegal "gravity knives." Washington Post. May 20, 2014.

In the Media

Did Hideyoshi 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 30, 2014.

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.

New York gun owners shrug off tough new rules: What happens now? The line in the sand has been drawn Governor Cuomo. The Christian Science Monitor. Apr. 16, 2014.

Campus gun ban could be headed to Colorado ballots. Kopel predicts ballot measure will fail. Associated Press (CO). By Kristen Wyatt. Jan. 2, 2014.

Hawaii Tourists Revel in Sun, Surf and Semiautomatics. Who in Japan owns firearms? New York Times. By Ashley Parker. Jan. 1, 2014.

Television, Radio, Podcasts

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.

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

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. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (forthcoming 2014).

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).

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

Constitutional law professors in Jerusalem passport case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, file 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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