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.
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Dave Kopel's Second Amendment Newsletter. Feb. 6, 2003.
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1. New by Kopel: Gun control and genocide. Encyclopedia on Guns in American
Society. The American Prospect magazine's juvenile attempt to minimize BATF
abuses. Critique of Washington Monthly article blaming the sniper attacks on
the Firearms Owners Protection Act. How UN arms control caused Srebrenica massacre.
Discussion of two 19th century gun rights cases.
2. Terrorism: 10th graders in California disarm a school shooter. Media ignores
3. Culture: Tribute to Joe Foss. New medical studies
4. International: Malcolm on England; Halbrook on Switzerland.
Philippine gun ban.
5. History: Bellesiles follow-up. Cramer article colonial statutes
mandating gun carrying to church.
6. Law and Legislation. State round-up. NRA Foundation endows
chair at George Mason Law School.
1. New by Kopel
"Guns for 'Non-State Actors': Tools to Prevent Genocide"
Brown Journal of World Affairs With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.
PDF format of pre-publication galleys.
"Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law"
Two-volume academic encyclopedia, published by ABC/Clio.
44 entries by Kopel. Gregg Carter was general editor. Kopel
was one of 4 members of the Editorial Board.
Tapped Out. Setting the record straight, and moving on.
National Review Online. Feb. 5, 2003.
The weblog for "The American Prospect" is willfully oblivious to
BATF abuses and to good manners.
Critique of Washington Monthly article,
"License to Kill: How the GOP helped John Allen Muhammad Get a Sniper Rifle."
Dialogue on Instapundit.com with author Brent Kendall
When Policy Kills. The Srebrenica massacre and the U.N.'s disarmament policies. National Review Online. Jan. 27, 2003. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.
Guns in the Dock
Examines Nunn v. State and Salina v. Blaksley, two important 19th century
cases involving the Second Amendment, and their implications for today.
Coming soon from the National Center for Policy Analysis
Monograph on Ballistic Imaging. With Sterling Burnett.
Two 10th graders in Arroyo Grande, California disarmed a student
holding 25 students and 2 teachers hostage with a 9mm.
Heroes Clay Gheza and Jonathan Griswold are ignored by most media, covered by a few.
Checked Baggage Procedure Questions and
Can I still transport a firearm in checked baggage?
So long, Smokey Joe
In memoriam, Gen. Joe Foss
Increased risk of intimate partner homicide
among California women who purchased handguns
G J Wintemute, M A Wright, C M Drake
The Annals of Emergency Medicine
Unintended shootings in a large metropolitan
area: an incident-based analysis.
Ann Emerg Med. 2003 Jan;41(1):10-7
Ismach RB, Reza A, Ary R, Sampson TR, Bartolomeos K, Kellermann AL
Effect of current federal regulations on
handgun safety features.
Ann Emerg Med. 2003 Jan;41(1):1-9.
Milne JS, Hargarten SW, Kellermann AL, Wintemute GJ
Breaking gun laws
January 18, 2003
By Joel Miller
Disobedience to long gun registration law
It's No Wonder Firearms Owners Are A Little
Registry has a lot of people wondering what the government really wants.
"Why Britain needs more guns"
By Joyce L Malcolm
14 January, 2003
BBC World News
Tony Martin Support Group
For Englishman currently in prison for shooting violent home invaders.
Parole denied because he would be "a danger to burglars."
Firearms amnesty to tackle surge in gun crime
By Jason Bennetto
27 December 2002
Handgun crime rises by 46 per cent
Jan. 9, 2003
London: Gun Crime Capital
"London is the gun crime capital of Britain, according to the Home Office statistics. Nearly 4,200 crimes involving firearms were committed in Greater London last year."
Civilian Gun Ban Imposed
Jan. 31, 2003
PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday banned the carrying of guns by civilians
and off-duty police and military men in public places. She also suspended indefinitely
the issuance to civilians of gun licenses and
permits to carry firearms.
Ebdane: No Gun Ban For Politicians
Feb. 3, 2003
National Police asks for politicians to be exempted from ban on gun carrying. http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2003/feb/02/top_stories/20030202top1.html
An Interview with Stephen P. Halbrook
By Carlo Stagnaro
Instead of a keen rewrite of history, 'Arming America' was revealed
to be an inaccurate look at 'The Origins of a
National Gun Culture'
By James A. Swan
What Clayton Cramer Saw and (Nearly) Everyone
By Clayton E. Cramer
History News Network
Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Footnoted PDF version of article from
America's First Freedom, January 2003
Colonial statutes requiring that guns be
carried to church
Law & Legislation
California Attorney General Lockyer Releases Report,
Acknowledges that Ballistics "Fingerprinting"
Maryland Lawmakers Propose Gun Bills
Feb. 2, 2003
Maryland lawmakers are proposing a package of gun control laws, including
one to expand ballistics fingerprinting to all firearms, and will draw on the
celebrity of Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose to underscore
[In the forthcoming April issue of Chronicles magazine, an article by Dave
Kopel and Paul Blackman argues that Moose did a terrible job in the sniper investigation.
Handgun legislation has
better chance in new session
Minnesota Public Radio
January 7, 2003
Judge Rules In Favor Of Gun Maker
Says company not liable in death of Florida teacher
Jan. 27, 2003
Kopel article on the original verdict in the Grunow case in Florida:
Concealed Weapons Bill Introduced Again In House (in Ohio)
Jan. 29, 2003
Texas CHL Holders Not A Threat To Community
Texas City Sun
Jan. 2, 2003
By Michael Clements
Battle Set Over Firearms In Schools
Salt Lake Tribune
Bill favored by Statewide Prosecutors Association would remove ambiguity which
some schools use to ban licensed firearms carriers, contrary to Utah CCW statute
http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Jan/01282003/utah/24071.aspBill Would Allow Concealed Weapons In Some
Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
Roanoke (Virginia) Times
Feb. 1, 2003
Virginia Quietly Lifts Ban On Handguns In Parks
Jan. 11, 2003
By Rex Springston
NRA Foundation Grant To Fund Professorship At
The NRA Foundation has pledged $1 million to the George Mason
University School of Law to establish and endow the Patrick Henry
Professorship of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment.
The first professor to hold chair will be
Wisconsin: Committee Favors Amendment Giving
Right to Hunt, Fish
Supporters see need to protect sporting heritage
Jan. 17, 2003
Al Qaeda delenda est!