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Latest short articles and commentary

Don Kates. Entry about a founding father of modern Second Amendment scholarship, in Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law. Don passed away on Nov. 1, 2016.

Incógnitas del voto oculto. La Razón (Spain). Nov. 4, 2016.

Why the anti-tyranny case for the 2nd Amendment shouldn't be dismissed so quickly. Vox. Aug. 22, 2016.

How Gun Control Led to Genocide in this Small European Country. The story of Bosnia. Conservative Review. Aug. 8, 2016. by Jasmin Dolamic, former Ind. Inst. intern.

Algernon Sidney: A father of the Declaration of Independence. Washington Post. July 3, 2016.

Origins of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Rutherford’s ‘Lex, Rex.’ Washington Post. July 2, 2016.

The history of LGBT gun-rights litigation. Washington Post. June 17, 2016.

Peruta v. San Diego, analyzed. Washington Post. June 11, 2016.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 28, 2016. Full episode. FBI reopens Clinton email investigation. Trump returns to Colorado. Marijuana tax revenues soar. Close races in CDs 3 and 6. Violent protestors of Dakota Access Pipeline.

Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 21, 2016. Full episode. Secy. of State spokesperson Lynn Bartels rebuts bogus Trump claim of rigged election. Final Trump-Clinton debate. Trumps campaign in Colorado. Mail-in ballots are sent out. Postgame: Denver DA vs. ballot selfies. Mail-in ballots.

Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 14, 2016. Full episode. Mayor Hancock appoints Alan Salazar chief of staff. The Clinton-Trump culture of impunity and sexual assault. Senate candidates debate. Coffman-Carroll battle. Postgame: Boulder prudes want to tax sugar drinks.

Colorado Inside Out. Oct. 7, 2016. Full episode. Vice-President debate. Trump's tax bologna sandwich. Ballot measure to "rig the bar" against constitutional amendments. Postgame: Police organizations are right to endorse Trump, after Hillary's endorsement of cop-killers.

Colorado Inside Out. Sept. 30, 2016. Full episode. Denver City Council abolishes Columbus Day. Congress overrides Obama veto on 9/11 lawsuits. Trump chokes in 1st debate with Clinton. Trump to visit Colorado. Ballot issue to make tobacco tax loot immune to legislative control. Postgame: Supreme Court to hear Douglas County Schools case on services for students with disabilities.

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.

Gun Control and the Second Amendment. "All Sides," on WOSU Radio, Columbus, Ohio. June 23, 2016. With Robert Spitzer.

US Senate to vote on new gun control measures. "RN Breakfast," on ABC radio, Australia. Presented by Fran Kellly. June 21, 2016.

Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio ("Talk Radio for Catholic Life"). June 15, 2016. Starts at 31:00.

Good News for the Second Amendment. May 26, 2016. Independence Institute Freedom Minute. Explaining two important new federal court decisions.

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.

Latest Books, Monographs and Journal articles

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.

New book by Kopel coming Feb. 28, 2017: The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO).

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 1117 (2016).

Background Checks for Firearms Sales and Loans: Law, History, and Policy. 53 Harvard Journal on Legislation 303 (2016).

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. 59 Howard Law Journal 715 (2015). With Clayton Cramer.

The History of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition. 88 Albany Law Review 849 (2015).

Media quotes and cites

The 229-year-old sentence liberals hope will sink Trump. Kopel on the Emoluments Cluase. Politico. Nov. 22, 2016.

Gun Sales Surge in Colorado ahead of the Election. Colorado Public Radio. Nov. 4, 2016.

Single-Payer Health Care Plan Before Colorado Voters. AMI Newswire. Oct. 31, 2016.

Gun Control Debate Needs Public Choice Theory. The Heartland Institute. Aug. 8, 2016.

Setting Our Sights on New Approaches: A Lesson on Gun Control. Big Think. Aug. 7, 2016. by Arpan Bhattacharyya.

The Evidence Of Faith's Substance: Christianity & the Constitution. Lee's Summit Tribune. Aug. 7, 2016.

How a stable home life can help prevent mass violence. Deseret News. Aug. 5, 2016. by Chandra Johnson.

Is SCOTUS a Good Reason to Support Trump? Libertarian and Conservative Legal Experts Weigh In. Reason. Aug. 1, 2016. by Damon Root.

Law and order issues make a political comeback. Washington Examiner. July 31, 2016. by Sean Higgins.

Las claves de la Convención Nacional Republicana. La Razón (Spain). July 18, 2016. by Paloma Rey-Stolle.

The Disturbing Trend In State Gun Laws After A Mass Shooting. ThinkProgress. June 27, 2016. by Evan Popp.

A 'no-buy' list makes sense, and so does the Second Amendment. Edmonton Sun. by Lorne Gunter. June 25, 2016.

Why Australia isn't a model for US gun control. The Christian Science Monitor. by Gretel Kauffman. June 23, 2016.

LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting. USA Today. by Michael Burke. June 21, 2016.

Assault Rifles and Concealed Handguns at Center of a Changing Industry. New York Times. by Barry Meier & Michael J. de la Merced. June 21, 2016.

Legal Split Could Bolster Connecticut Weapons Ban. Wall Street Journal. by Joe Palazzolo. June 19, 2016.

Appeals Court's Ruling on Concealed Gun Carry Exposes Stark Divide. NBCNews.com. by Pete Williams. June 19, 2016.

Battle lines blurred as Senate plans vote on gun control measures. Sinclair Broadcasting. by Stephen Loiaconi. June 16, 2016.

Doctors want Congress to declare gun deaths a public health crisis. Vice.com. by John Dyer. June 15, 2016.

Courts and Legislatures

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 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.

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