About once a month, Dave Kopel produces a free e-mail Newsletter containing short summaries and links to important new research and writing involving the Second Amendment and firearms policy. The newsletter also reports on Kopel's latest writing.
The content of this newsletter is produced by the Second Amendment Project at the Independence Institute, a think tank in Golden, Colorado. The newsletter is electronically distributed by the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, Washington. Thus, the Second Amendment Foundation will be given your e-mail address.
Archive of past issues.
The Return of a Legislative Legend.
Debating "cop-killer" ammunition.
National Review Online. Mar. 1, 2004.
Erasing A Clinton Legacy:
Rolling Back Antigun Regs.
New law protects privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners.
National Review Online. Jan. 27, 2004.
Feb. 26, 2004
GUNS IN MISSOURI [Dave Kopel]
The gun-prohibition lobby has suffered a major defeat in the Missouri supreme court. Today the court ruled that Missouri's new law to create concealed-handgun permits for licensed, trained citizens who pass a background check. The law was enacted last fall, when the Missouri legislature over-rode the governor's veto. The gun-prohibition lobbies quickly filed suit against the new law, shopped for an anti-gun judge, and obtained a temporary injunction against the concealed-carry law. The Missouri supreme court overturned the injunction, thereby allowing the law to go into effect.
Feb. 26, 2004
Collection of links providing background on gun issues
being debated by the Senate.
Feb. 2, 2004
SECOND AMENDMENT AND KERRY [Dave Kopel]
After winning the New Hampshire primary, John Kerry told CNN, "I've been a hunter all my life, and I'm a gun owner, and I've never thought of going hunting with an AK-47. I believe in the Second Amendment." Indeed, while Kerry has almost always voted with the anti-gun lobby, on May 17, 2000, he was part of the 69-30 Senate majority that passed a non-binding resolution urging respect for Second Amendment rights. The resolution, Amendment no. 3150 by Senator Lott began: "(a) FINDINGS.--The Senate makes the following findings: (1) The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of each law-abiding United States citizen to own a firearm for any legitimate purpose, including self-defense or recreation." The resolution concluded that "It is the sense of the Senate that:...The right of each law-abiding United States citizen to own a firearm for any legitimate purpose, including self-defense or recreation, should not be infringed."
Subway Hero: No One Helped
New York Post
Jan 14, 2004
"A good Samaritan who was viciously slashed as he defended another subway rider from a razor-wielding robber said yesterday no other passengers came to his aid."
Sword-Wielding Teen Captures Suspect
St Louis Today
Jan. 30 2004
Sword Ban After Attacks
The Age Online (Australia)
March 9, 2004
Disabled Man, 71, Arrested For Killing
13 January 2004
March 20, 2004
Alan Gottlieb's Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is opening a branch in England with plans to agitate for the right of citizens to keep arms for their defense in countries besides the United states.
Bellesiles Hoax Continues: Shameless liar returns.
Kimberley A. Strassel
The Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2004
Michael Bellesiles, author of the discredited 'Arming America,' has found another publisher after his first abandoned him. Soft Skull Press has not only agreed to reissue "Arming America" but has decided to release Mr. Bellesiles's latest response to his critics. It does not convince Ms. Strassel.
U.S. v. Parker
Concurring Judge Kelly chides majority for overly broad opinion negating Second Amendment rights.
9. The States
House passes ban on listing gun owners
April 2, 2004
Legislature protects gun owner privacy.
Concealed gun bill passes but faces
Kansas City Star
April 2, 2004
Veto-proof margin in the Senate but not the House.
Airsoft Guns A Rage With Young Boys;
Kansas City Star
February 10, 2004
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