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
Freddie Gray death: Should it really be illegal to carry a knife in the city? Christian Science Monitor. April 22, 2015.
Rand Paul's Pro-Gun Past Is Remarkable, Even Among Republicans. Huffington Post. April 15, 2015.
Group Harms Gun Rights. Colorado Springs Gazette. April 14, 2015. Dudley Brown group fights against relegalizing 30-round magazines.
Gun rights front and center at Evergreen Tea Party meeting. Canyon Courier. Feb. 11, 2015.
PA Township Posts Signs: ‘This is not a gun free zone’. Breitbart.com. Feb. 9, 2015.
Senate concealed carry battle: Go ahead. Make their wait longer. Denver Post. Feb. 5, 2015.
Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher is surely one of a kind, as documentary shows. Kopel quoted on the great Denver politician. Colorado Statesman. Jan. 30, 2015.
Gun Control Groups See Future in State Ballot Initiatives. Time. Nov. 5, 2014.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out. April 17, 2015. Full episode. Topics: Dudley Brown is "a liar, a huckster, and a hoax." Hickenlooper's reckless Medicaid expansion and the budget mess. It's OK that Colo. Christian Univ. and the Colo. Republican Party have different views on pro-gay marriage groups. Veterans should get health care vouchers until VA hospital problem is solved
Colorado Inside Out. April 3, 2015. Full episode. Topics: Trial costs for Aurora theater killer are well worth it. Klingenschmitt punishment was similar to Rep. Merrifield's. Indiana's religious freedom bill and the persecution of Christians. Littleton School Board stops covering up its knowledge about the murder of Claire Davis.
Colorado Inside Out. March 27, 2015. Full episode. Topics: Longmont attack shows need to change laws on fetal homicide. Klingenshmitt comments were like Jeremiah Wright's. CU Denver prof's study shows that legal medical marijuana sharply cuts suicide rates for males 20-39. Colo. oil glut shows foolishness of 95 years of "peak oil" hysteria. VA hospital mess shows need for health vouchers for veterans.
America's Gun Debate Continues, with Schools in the Crossfire. "To the Point" on KCRW, Public Radio International. With Mark Follman, Mother Jones magazine; Josh Sugarmann, Violence Policy Center; Russ Moore, Shaker Junior High School. March 12, 2015. 33 minutes.
Colorado Inside Out. March 13, 2015. Full episode. Topics: Recreational marijuana sales set record. Denver Police pilot program on body cameras. I-70 project in Denver. Senators Bennet and Gardner announce shut-down stunt. Post-game: Denver municipal election ballot finalized.
Harvard Law School. Harvard Journal on Legislation’s Symposium, “Firearms in America: Safety and Liberty.” Feb. 11, 2015. Video (in .mov format, must use Windows Media Player).
Armed Resistance to Genocide.
Presentation on the armed resistance to genocide given to the Children of Jewish
Holocaust Survivors. YouTube.com. 82 minutes. Oct. 21, 2014.
Libertarianism.org Episode 49. The right to keep and bear arms. Interview by
Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus. Soundcloud.com. 57 minutes. Sept. 26, 2014.
Nat Hentoff interview.
Kopel speaks with legendary music critic, journalist, syndicated columnist, and
civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. They discuss the current state of civil liberties
in America and Nat explains why Obama has been the worst president of all-time
when it comes to our individual freedoms. YouTube.com. 55 minutes. Sept. 17,
Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon? Cato
Institute panel event. Sept. 12, 2014.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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