Bad police training may have killed Philando Castile. Washington Post. June 22, 2017.
The Hearing Protection Act and 'silencers'. Washington Post. June 20, 2017.
Want to stop mass shootings? Let's get more guns in the right hands. Especially, FASTER training for teachers. The Hill. June 18, 2017. With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.
2017 is shaping up to be another winning year for gun owners. The Hill. April 25, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.
Firearms technology and the original meaning of the Second Amendment. Washington Post. April 3, 2017.
Why Judge Gorsuch Should Be Justice Gorsuch. America's 1st Freedom. April 2017.
El espectro del «Watergate II». La Razón (Spain). Mar. 21, 2017.
Second Amendment may be restored on Army Corps of Engineers land. Washington Post. Mar. 10, 2017.
Anti-gunners are savaging Gorsuch for vindicating an innocent man. The Hill. Mar. 7, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.
La sombra de «Nixon II». La Razón (Spain). Feb. 25, 2017.
In the Media
Gun control groups turn up volume against suppressor deregulation after shooting. Guns.com. June 21, 2017. by Chris Eger.
Report on 'Children' Killed by Guns Hypes Accidents, Which Are Rare and Declining. Most gun-related deaths among minors are homicides, and four-fifths involve teenagers. Reason. June 20, 2017. by Jacob Sullum.
Terry McAuliffe calls for gun control after baseball shooting. Prensa Estatal. June 19, 2017. by Crisanna Felipe.
Virginia shooting raises spectre, but not likelihood, of gun control. BBC News. June 14, 2017. by Joel Gunter.
NJ Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Edged Weapons as “Arms”. AmmoLand. June 14, 2017. by Duncan Johnson
The Technology That Can Destroy a Presidency. The Atlantic. by Adrienne LaFrance. May 10, 2017.
DougCo school voucher lawsuit nearing critical junction. The Colorado Independent. by Marianne Goodland. Feb. 27, 2017.
Second Amendment fight brewing in Ramsey. The Record (Bergen, NJ). by Tom Nobile. Feb. 21, 2017. Town attempts to ban indoor gun ranges.
Law professor who slammed kangaroo courts could lead Trump’s education civil rights office. The College Fix. by Greg Piper. Feb. 20, 2017.
Kopel signs Group Letter in support of Gail Heriot, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in U.S. Dept. of Education.
Fact Check on Colorado Background Checks. by Bart Bedsole. KRDO, Colorado Springs. Feb. 8, 2017. Part 3. Part 2.
School gun training bill OK’d by Colorado Senate committee. Durango Herald. Jan. 28, 2017. By Luke Perkins..
Television, Radio, Podcasts
How FASTER training for teachers will save lives. KFKA Greeley. Gail show. June 21, 2017
Guns in the right hands save lives. FASTER training for teachers. KNUS Denver. Dan Caplis Show. June 21, 2017.
Colorado Inside Out. June 16, 2017. Full episode. Leftist extremist attempts to assassinate Republicans on baseball field. Jared Polis enters Governor's race. In 2d congressional district, Joe Neguse is stronger candidate than anti-rights extremists Ken Toltz and Shannon Watts. Colorado lawmakes sue Trump over Foreign Emoluments Clause. Postgame: Denver Post to abandon its downtown office building, leasing to Denver's very rapidly expanding city government.
Colorado Inside Out. June 9, 2017. Full episode. Sage grouse preservation. Comey testimony. Hickenlooper undecided on forfeiture reform. Postgame: Alison Eid appointed to 10th Circuit.
The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action. Book interview with Kopel on "Devil's Advocate," CPT 12 Denver. 15 minutes.
Colorado Inside Out. June 2, 2017. Full episode. Trump's "covfefe." U.S. withdraws from illegal Paris climate treaty. Proposed revision to Obamacare mandate for religious organizations to buy birth control. Postgame: Colorado high school graduation rate.
NRA News. May 24, 2017. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands seeks to revive handgun ban.
NRA News. May 9, 2017. Gun rights winning in legislative battles in the states.
NRA News. Cam & Company. April 29, 2017. Kopel's new book on the morality of self-defense. Starts at 2:12:29.
A Lifeline in the Collapse of Law and Order. The DL with Dana Loesch. Season 1, episode 6. NRA TV. Mar. 2017.
Testimony on Colorado Senate bill 15-005. Bill to allow armed teachers in schools, if they are trained by Sheriffs' Offices. Colorado Senate State Affairs Committee. Jan. 24, 2017. 3:49.
Colorado Inside Out. July 1, 2016. 1876 time machine episode. Set in November 1876, the cast includes Mrs. Augusta Tabor (Patty Calhoun); U.S. Democratic Rep. Thomas Patterson (David Kopel); Colorado First Lady Mrs. John Routt (Natasha Gardner), and Rocky Mountain News Publisher William Byers (Kevin Flynn). Topics include Custer's Last Stand, railroads and economic problems, and the contested presidential election results.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
Restoring the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Cato Handbook for Policymakers (8th ed. 2017). With Trevor Burrus and Robert A. Levy.
The Federal Circuits’ Second Amendment Doctrines. St. Louis University Law Journal (2017 forthcoming). With Joseph G.S. Greenlee.
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 127 (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 1117 (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 the Courts
Texiera v. Alameda County, California (9th Cir., en banc). Jan. 31, 2017. Amicus brief on county ban on all new gun stores. Historical evidence from the American Revolution shows that the British bans on firearms commerce led the Americans to take up arms.
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.