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Books

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New book: The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO). Google books edition.

The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action. Book interview with Kopel on "Devil's Advocate," CPT 12 Denver. 15 minutes.

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. 2015 supplement now available.

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. 

More books by Kopel.


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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, Aug. 4, 2017.


"The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Perspective." Book interview of Kopel by Jon Caldara.

Short articles

The Racist Origin of Gun Control Laws. The Hill. Aug. 22, 2017. With Joseph Greenlee.

D.C. Circuit upholds right to bear arms for D.C. residents. Washington Post. July 25, 2017.

Federal court enjoins California large-capacity magazine confiscation. Washington Post. June 30, 2017.

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

Montgomery County, localities, discuss gun control and employee safety. Roanoke Times. July 6, 2017. by Yann Ranaivo.

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  

The Morality of Self-defense and Military Action. Larry Pratt interviews Kopel about his new book. Gun Owners News Hour Radio. Aug. 7, 2017.

Colorado Inside Out. Aug. 4, 2017. Full episode. Ken Buck says GOP is dead. Gubernatorial race. Sanctuary city plans for Denver. Overland Park concert approved. Postgame: Cory Booker's bill to relegalize marijuana.

Evolving First and Second Amendments. (Los Angeles) Daily Journal. July 28, 2017. The D.C. Circuit's Wrenn decision, upholding the right to bear arms. Kopel segment starts at about 20 minutes.

Colorado Inside Out. July 28, 2017. Ful episode. Proposal for bus-only lane on Colfax. Skinny repeal of Obamacare fails. Trump tweets ban of transgender soldiers. New sanctuary city proposals in Denver. Overland Park music festival. Postgame: Republican gubernatorial primary.

Colorado Inside Out. July 21, 2017. Remembering the Aurora theater victims.Victor Mitchellsays lawyers are unfit for executive office. DIA terminal make-over would cost $1.8 billion. Betsy DeVos speaks in Denver. Postgame: Hugh Jackman to star in Gary Hart movie.

Tensions Rise In America's Gun Debate. NPR "On Point." KUOW radio. July 11, 2017. With Rep. Scott Perry, Lois Beckett and John Donohue.

Colorado Inside Out. June 30, 2017. Time machine episode, set in 1917. Kopel plays Democratic Senator "Honest John" Shafroth. Introductions. Passing of Buffalo Bill Cody. US enters the Great War. Denver Mayor Robert Speer's building program. Postgame: Russian revolution.

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.

The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action. Book interview with Kopel on "Devil's Advocate," CPT 12 Denver. 15 minutes.

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.


Latest Monographs & Journal articles

The Right to Arms in Nineteenth Century Colorado. 95 Denver University Law Review (forthcoming 2018).

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. 61 St. Louis University Law Journal 193 (2017). 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.

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).


In the Courts

Kolbe v. Hogan. Amicus brief in support of cert. petition, in challenge to Maryland ban on common firearms and magazines. Amici are the National Sheriffs' Association, Cato Institute, Second Amendment Foundation, and Independence Institute. Attorneys are David Kopel, Randy Barnett, Joseph Greenlee, Ilya Shapiro. Aug. 21, 2017

Robinson v. United States. Amicus brief in support of cert. petition, by West Virginia and 4 other states. Lawful carrying of a firearm should not automatically justify a police stop-and-frisk. Kopel's research cited.

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.

 

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