Firearms Law Seminar. Washington Post. March 29, 2016.
The Virginia Compromise: Wins for gun rights and gun regulation. Washington Post. Feb. 10, 2016.
Kolbe v. Hogan: 4th Circuit requires strict scrutiny for Maryland ban on magazines and semiautomatics. Washington Post. Feb. 4, 2016.
Meyer v. Nebraska: As told by the lawyer who won it Washington Post. Feb. 4, 2016.
Freedom Fighters. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2016.
Obama’s executive actions on guns: Legal analysis. Washington Post. Jan. 5, 2016.
An implausible argument that evangelicals must oppose self-defense. Responding to an article by Rob Schenck, a pacifist minister. Washington Post. Dec. 30, 2015.
Trauma Colectivo Post-San Bernardino. La Razón (Madrid). Dec. 16, 2015.
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.
Handgun bans for persons under 21: A hidden problem in Everytown’s ‘universal background checks’. Washington Post. Nov. 5, 2015.
Sharing firearms for informal target shooting: Another legitimate activity outlawed by Everytown’s ‘universal background checks’. Washington Post. Nov. 4, 2015.
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.
In the Media
So, America, this is how other countries do gun control. The Guardian. March 14, 2016.
The “Moderates” Are Not So Moderate: Merrick Garland. National Review Online. March 11, 2016.
The Great Gun Control War of the 20th Century, Part III. Tenth Amendment Center. March 10, 2016.
Trump and the Racist Ghost of George Wallace. Newsweek. March 1, 2016.
Scalia death could make fight for vouchers in Douglas County tougher. Denver Post. Feb. 26, 2016.
At Last, McAuliffe Signs Virginia Gun Bills Into Law. Townhall.com. Feb. 26, 2016.
Mass shooting claims by Newsom, Pan rated 'Mostly False'. PolitiFact. Feb. 22, 2016.
Campus carry history: State court ruled against University of Colorado. KXAN.com. Feb. 17, 2016.
Antonin Scalia's death calls supreme court gun rights stance into question. The Guardian (London). Feb. 14, 2016.
Malloy suggests gun law to curb domestic violence. Yale Daily News. Feb. 11, 2016.
Carlos Muñoz. La propuesta de Obama para detener la matanza. Semana.com (Colombia). Jan. 9, 2016.
Juan Carlos Iragorri. "Las medidas de Obama sobre las armas son inútiles." RCNradio.com (Columbia). Jan. 8, 2016.
3 things to know about the 'gun show loophole.' PolitiFact. Jan. 7, 2016.
Francisca Maturana Torres. Obama impone mayor chequeo de antecedentes para la compra de armas. El Mercurio (Chile). Jan. 6, 2016.
Tim Lynch. Obama’s Gun Control Announcement. Cato Institute. Jan. 6, 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.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out. April 22, 2016. Full episode. Pro-gun Republican Harriet Tubman on $20 bill. Colorado presidential primary proposed. New light rail to Denver Airport has stupid name. Proposal to allow more grocery store sales of alcohol. Denver City Council approves stricter marijuana zoning. Post-game: possible return of ski train to Winter Park.
Colorado Inside Out. April 15, 2016. Denver Police properly shoot criminal, near Civic Center. Cruz sweeps Colorado. Senate candidate Daryl Glenn wins convention. Bernie Sanders win other delegate, after math error discovered. Post-game: Denver City Council looks at tougher zoning for marijuana businesses.
Colorado Sheriffs welcome 10th Circuit decision vacating trial court's anti-Second Amendment ruling. Announce plan for new case based on new 10th Circuit procedures. Press conference. March 22, 2016.
The Future of International Drug Policy. Kopel interviews Mexican lawyer and professor Alejandro Madrazo regarding the drug war in Mexico. March 21, 2016.
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.
Discussion of American Sniper widow's comments at Obama town hall. Fox Business Network, Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton. Jan. 9, 2016.
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.
American Constitution Society. June 12, 2015. Panel on Skewed Justice: How Money in Judicial Elections is Undermining our Criminal Justice System.
Guns, Law and Society: Understanding the Arguments. Dart Center. Arizona State University. May 29, 2015.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
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 (forthcoming 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, issue 4 (forthcoming 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 Congress and Legislatures
Colorado House of Representatives. State Affairs Committee. Feb. 2, 2015. Testimony in favor of: Civil immunity for businesses that allow licensed carry; Repeal of Colorado magazine ban; Repeal of prohibition on firearm loans that are not routed through FFLs; Enactment of “shall certify” for acquisition of NFA arms. Kopel testifies as the last witness on each bill. MP4.
In the Courts
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.