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Sons of Heller. America's 1st Freedom. August 2015. Some of the lesser-known federal court decisions which have protected Second Amendment rights.

Why does Volokh Conspiracy rank low in searches for “cheap apartment for sale in brazil”? Washington Post. July 27, 2015.

A survey of legislation on Second Amendment issues in 2015. Washington Post. July 20, 2015. So far this year, 28 states have enacted legislation which expands protections of Second Amendment rights, and one state has enacted legislation to reduce those rights.

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.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 4, 2015. Full episode. Judge halts illegal plan to expand homeless shelter. Sen. Bennet endorses Obama plan for Iranian nuclear bombs. Douglas County School Board files certiorari petition with U.S. Supreme Court. Denver Police Department pays $860,000 settlement for excessive force. Postgame: Marijuana activists pull ballot measure, to work out compromise with Denver government

Colorado Inside Out. August 28, 2015. Full episode. New report on why EPA polluted Animas River. Jury rights activists at odds with Denver Police. Denver City Council violates First Amendment, halts airport contract with Chick-Fil-A franchisee. Colorado GOP votes not to endorse presidential candidates via caucuses. Postgame: Denver tax increase proposal for college.

Colorado Inside Out. August 21, 2015. Full episode. Anti-fracking lobby plan for 2016 ballot initiative. Animas River pollution cover-up by EPA. Aurora theater criminal receives maximum sentence. JeffCo School Board recall advertising begins. Postgame: Denver Police Department takes 14 minutes to reach violent crime scene on 16th Street mall attack by 20 thugs.

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

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

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 (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.

Media quotes and cites

Denver Airport Puts Chick-fil-A on Hold Over CEO’s Marriage Stance. National Catholic Register. Aug. 27, 2015.

In Colorado, two mass shootings haven't stopped attacks on gun control. High Country News. Aug. 20, 2015.

Tenativas de controle de armas nos EUA tiveram efeito contrario. O Estado de S. Paulo. Por Renata Tranches. 16 Agosto, 2015.

Controversy over officer in Chattanooga shooting: Should Pentagon change policy? Christian Science Monitor. Aug. 4, 2015.

As pundit, Kopel shows independence in praising Morgan Carroll. BigMedia.org. July 16, 2015.

3 Years After: Renewed debate expected for post-Aurora theater shooting gun reforms. Aurora Sentinel. July 16, 2015.

The evolving narrative of how Dylann Roof got a gun. WJLA. July 10, 2015.

Supreme Court sends TABOR challenge back to appeals court. Colorado Statesman. July 3, 2015.

U.S. Supreme Court set to report whether it will hear TABOR case. Colorado Statesman. June 24, 2015.

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 Times, June 19, 2015.

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.

Courts and Legislatures

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.

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.

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