The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act: Facts and policy. Washington Post. May 24, 2016.
Good guys with guns: Former Interpol chief Ron Noble on the Westgate Mall mass shooting. Washington Post. May 16, 2016.
9th Circuit opinion on rights of gun stores applies standard, rigorous Second Amendment doctrines. Washington Post. May 16, 2016.
The Federal Circuits’ Second Amendment Doctrines. Washington Post. April 22, 2016.
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.
In the Media
Good News for the Second Amendment. May 26, 2016. Independence Institute Freedom Minute. Explaining two important new federal court decisions.
Concealed carry gun laws become more widespread in US. CCTV-America. May 14, 2016.
Why It's Legal for George Zimmerman to Auction the Gun He Used to Kill Trayvon Martin. Time. May 13, 2016.
Sandy Hook victims’ families get access to gun manufacturer marketing records. The Guardian. May 5, 2016.
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.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out. May 13, 2016. Full episode. Keyser's petition problems. Sketchy bill on grocery store alcohol sales. Legislature wisely rejects panic to change caucus system, and to increase spending without voter approval. Civil lawsuit against Aurora theater which foolishly banned licensed carry. Post-game: Proposed Denver regulations on vacation home rentals are reasonable.
Colorado Inside Out. May 6, 2016. Proposal for bonds to fix Colorado roads. Trump makes Republican party stupid and evil. Sen. candidate Blaha whines about Colo. Secy. of State. Colorado Supreme Court overturns illegal local bans on fracking. Post-game: construction defects reform blocked by trial lawyers.
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.