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Obama’s executive actions on guns: Legal analysis. Washington Post. Jan. 5, 2016.

President Obama signs three constructive gun measures. Prohibiting ban on lead ammunition; first step to right-to-carry for military personnel; sell surplus military handguns to the public. Washington Post. Dec. 10, 2015.

Hickenlooper's shots at law-abiding gun owners don't help. Concealed carries licensees save lives; Jeanne Assam saved a hundred at the New Life Church in 2007. (Colorado Springs) Gazette. Dec. 10, 2015. With Ari Armstrong.

The Maryland Minute Men of 1942: Armed citizens summoned to homeland defense. Washington Post. Dec. 7, 2015.

Planned Parenthood's Right to Bear Arms. Real Clear Policy. Dec. 3, 2015.

Fact check: Obama claim that ‘I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.’ Washington Post. Dec. 1, 2015.

The costs and consequences of gun control. Washington Post. Dec. 1, 2015. Summary of new Cato study.

The Second Amendment versus anti-Catholicism. Washington Post. Nov. 20, 2015. James Madison expressly rejected anti-Catholic gun control laws; yet modern anti-gun advocates claim that these bigoted laws laws should be imposed on everyone.

Safe storage of firearms: The harms from Bloomberg’s strange background check system. Washington Post. Nov. 3, 2015.

How Everytown’s background check law impedes firearms safety training and self-defense. Washington Post. Nov. 2, 2015.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

Debate Over The Second Amendment To The U.S. Constitution. The Diane Rehm Show. National Public Radio. Jan. 11, 2016. With Akhil Reed Amar, Bruce Fein, and Jeffery Rosen.

The Bad and Good of Obama’s Executive Orders on Guns. Cato Institute daily podcast. Jan. 7, 2016.

Will Obama's action on guns help prevent deaths? PBS NewsHour. Video of Kopel and "Everytown" head John Feinblatt. PBS Newshour. Jan. 5, 2016.

Interpreting the Second Amendment. Kopel and Jeffery Toobin on Anderson Cooper 360. CNN. Jan. 5, 2016.

Obama Unveils Gun Control Measures. CTV (Canada). Jan. 5, 2016.

Colorado Inside Out. Jan. 1, 2016. Predictions for the new year. Full episode. Presidential election. Major races in Colorado. Postgame: 2016 ballot issues.

Colorado Inside Out. Dec. 25, 2015. Year in review. Full episode. 2015 in one word. Big criminal trials. Education reform. Postgame: EPA pollution with Gold King Mine spill; VA hospital delays; police tensions.

American Constitution Society. June 12, 2015. Panel on Skewed Justice: How Money in Judicial Elections is Undermining our Criminal Justice System.

Latest Books, Monographs and Journal articles

The Costs and Consequences of Gun Control. Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 784 (Dec. 1, 2015).

New book by Kopel coming 2016: The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO).

The First Century of Right to Arms Litigation. 14 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (forthcoming 2016).

Background Checks for Firearms Sales and Loans: Law, History, and Policy. 53 Harvard Journal on Legislation (forthcoming 2015).

Book review of "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible." 35 Cato Journal 443 (2015).

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, issue 4 (forthcoming 2016).

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

The History 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 (2014).

Media quotes and cites

Will Obama's action on guns help prevent deaths? PBS NewsHour. Video of Kopel and "Everytown" head John Feinblatt. PBS Newshour. Jan. 5, 2016.

Interpreting the Second Amendment. Kopel and Jeffery Toobin on Anderson Cooper 360. CNN. Jan. 5, 2016.

Pete Williams. Small-Bore? President Obama's Actions on Guns Make Marginal Changes. NBC News. Jan. 5, 2016.

Patrik Jonsson, Obama's gun control moves: What do they actually do? Christian Science Monitor. Jan. 5, 2016.

Pro-Gun-Rights Expert: Obama’s Gun Package Not So Bad. Wall Street Journal. Jan. 5, 2016.

Olivia Becke. Obama's Executive Action May Actually Have Little Impact on Gun Violence. Vice.com. Jan. 5, 2016.

Gun law expert: why Americans are obsessed with guns (and Australians are in danger). International Business Times. Jan. 6, 2016.

Legality of Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns Could Hinge on These Words. The Blaze. Jan. 5, 2016.

Walter Olson. Hill Democrats Renew Push for “Assault Weapons” Ban. Cato Institute. Dec. 17, 2015.

I Don’t Blame You For Being Scared of Guns. Patheos. Dec. 15, 2015.

Malloy to impose gun restrictions. Yale Daily News. Dec. 11, 2015.

A little bit about a lot from the desk of AGN Media. Amarillo Globe-News. Dec. 11, 2015.

Gun control proposals serve as empty gestures. The Oklahoman editorial board. Dec. 10, 2015.

Report: Most Gun Control Policies Ineffective at Preventing Gun Crime. Finds mental health reform would have greatest impact. Washington Beacon. Dec. 10, 2015.

Walter Olson. Gun control, terrorism, and President Obama. Overlawyered.com. Dec. 7, 2015.

Supreme Court's Denial of Assault Weapon Case Won't End Gun Debate. National Law Journal. Dec. 7, 2015 (paywall).

Kirk Sigler. From Colorado to California, the gun control debate has become personal. NPR News. Dec. 5, 2015.

Eric Niler. Why So Many Assault Weapons? Discovery News. Dec. 4, 2015.

Sal Rodriguez. Reflexive calls for tighter gun restrictions ill-timed. Orange County Register. Dec. 4, 2015.

Joey Bunch. Shape of 2016 Colorado gun legislation yet to take form. Denver Post. Dec. 4, 2015.

Jamaica: Draconian Gun Laws and Murder Rates. AmmoLand Shooting Sports News. Dec. 4, 2015.

Robert Verbruggen. Would Cracking Down on Guns in the U.S. Really Reduce Violence? National Review Online. Dec. 3, 2015.

Eric Sandstrom. On gun violence, mass killings shouldn't be the focus. Denver Post. Nov. 28, 2015.

Eugene Volokh. Home possession of switchblade knives protected by the Second Amendment. Washington Post. Nov. 24, 2015.

Activists taking aim at Colorado's campus-carry law. Austin American-Statesman (blog). Nov. 23, 2015.

Courts and Legislatures

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 Enforcment 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.

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, file Supreme Court amicus brief in support of petitioner.

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