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Books

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Rules for State Legislators: Jerry Kopel's Guide (2015). With Jerry Kopel.

The Truth about Gun Control (Encounter Books, 2013). Who is sovereign in the United States? Is it the people themselves, or is it an elite determined to rule citizens who are seen as incapable of making choices about their own lives? This is the central question in the American gun-control debate. Animated video featuring a section of the book. 4 minutes.

A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Affordable Care Act (Palgrave MacMillan). The legal scholars who fought and defeated the unconstitutional power grab.

Firearms Law & the Second Amendment; Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Publishers 2012). 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.

Supplement online chapters, free to the public: Chapter 12 – Social Science. Chapter 13 – International Law. Chapter 14 – Comparative Law.

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. 

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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.


About Kopel, and contact info

Colorado Inside Out. June 19, 2015. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump announce presidential campaigns. Issues looming in the Colorado Republican Party. AG Cynthia Coffman announce she won't run for U.S. Senate. Colorado Supreme Court makes huge decision related to employers and medical marijuana. Pot use in private bars? Aurora Theater Trial updates. South Carolina church murders.


"Skewed Justice" panel. American Constitution Society. June 12, 2015. Kopel is skeptical of "progressive" proposals to take away the right to elect state judges.

Short articles

You may feel some pressure. America's 1st Freedom. July 2015. Why are doctors asking you if you any guns at home? What will happen if you tell them it's none of their business?

U.S. treaty obligation to defend Marshall Islands ships. Washington Post. May 1, 2015.

Guns on university campuses: The Colorado experience. Washington Post. April 20, 2015.

Waking to a Dangerous World. America's 1st Freedom. March 2015. Violence around the world is causing a change in firearm policies in many countries, and also a pro-gun shift in attitude here in the United States.

Facts about mental illness and crime. Washington Post. Feb. 20, 2015.

Argentina's free press is in grave danger. Book review of Tiempos Turbulentos. The Kirchner regime's war on the free press and civil society. Washington Post. Feb. 9, 2015.


In the Media

Uber bans guns in its cars. Wall Street Journal. June 22, 2015. "Uber is free to contract with whoever it wants. If it wants to only hire drivers that shave their head, they can do that,” said David Kopel, a Colorado gun-rights lawyer and law professor at the University of Denver. “I will definitely say that I will use Uber less,” he added.

Gun rights advocates' push for campus-carry measures like Texas' is slow going. Los Angeles TimesJun 19

Charleston shooting prompts gun-rights supporters to call for more concealed-carry at churches. Washington Times. June 18, 2015.

Man with rifle scares at airport: How important is civility to open-carry? Christian Science Monitor. June 6, 2015. “The people who open-carry and want it to be viewed as normal, which it obviously was for most of American history and is again, should do it by acting normal and not by being attention-[seekers],” Mr. Kopel says.

Secrecy fails to honor or protect victims. The Tennessean. May 30, 2015. Kopel: "the best we can do for victims is to decrease their numbers."

Guns can be carried into more public places, even churches. Casa Grande Valley Newspaper. May 28, 2015.


Television, Radio, Podcasts  

Colorado Inside Out. June 19, 2015. Full episode. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump announce presidential campaigns. Issues looming in the Colorado Republican Party. AG Cynthia Coffman announce she won't run for U.S. Senate. Colorado Supreme Court makes huge decision related to employers and medical marijuana. Pot use in private bars? Aurora Theater Trial updates. South Carolina church murders.

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

Colorado Inside Out. June 5, 2015. Full episode. Hickenlooper vetoes limits on red light cameras. Denver Airport development deal with Adams County. Proposed tax increase for permanent welfare for National Western Stock Show. Cong. Mike Coffman says he will not run for U.S. Senate. New Denver City Council members.

Colorado Inside Out. May 22, 2015. Full episode. Topics: John Suthers wins Colo. Springs mayor race. VA hospital construction funding. More trouble in Denver jails. Denver City election round-up. JeffCo schools declines to disrupt high school exams for Hickenlooper publicity.

Colorado Inside Out. May 15, 2015. Frontier Airlines CEO quits. Glendale uses eminent domain for corporate welfare. JeffCo School Board loses case on teacher pay. Legislators send letter to Governor over problems at Dept. of Human Services. Legislators use personal email accounts for official business, to avoid Open Records Act. Senators Gardner & Bennett introduce federal bill to allow low-THC medical marijuana oil, Charlotte's Web.

Colorado Inside Out. May 8, 2015. Full episode. Dan Haley to head Colorado Oil & Gas Association. 2015 legislative session. Gov. Hickenlooper's complains about fiscal mess he helped create. Denver municipal elections. What VA officials knew.

Baltimore riots. May 2, 2015. Radio Svoboda. In Russian.


Latest Monographs & Journal articles

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 & Carolyn J. Dobbins.

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 (2015).

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).

From Razing a Village to Razing the Constitution: The Branch Davidian Stand-Off Twenty Years Later. 36 Reason Papers 72 (2014). With Paul Blackman.

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.

Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects. 6 Albany Government Law Review 306 (2013). With Trevor Burrus.


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

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, 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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