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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 brief in Supreme Court cert. petition in Bakoss v. Lloyd's. Addresses federalism, and interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act so that it does not preempt State authority over contract law. July 2013.

Testimony on Gun Bills at the Colorado State Capitol. On March 4, Kopel testified on 5 gun bills. Video of the testimony and Q & A are as follows: Universal Background Checks. 13 minutes. Magazine bans. 19 minutes. Fee for background checks. 6 minutes. Liability for manufacturers, sellers. 14 minutes. Concealed carry permit rules. 10 minutes. Mar. 4, 2013. 

Letter to Sen. Ted Cruz. Senator Ted Cruz is the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Letter contains information for the hearing, “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment.” PDF. Feb. 8, 2013.

US Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on gun violence. PDF. Jan. 30, 2013.

Latest short articles and commentary

How can we enact meaningful gun control? The Repartee. Debate with Adam Winkler. Part 1: Background checks. Part 2: Reading the Constitution. Part 3: Natural rights. Fall 2013/Winter 2014.

Growth chart of right to carry. The chart shows how Shall Issue laws for the licensed carrying of firearms for self-defense have become the American norm. Washington Post. Feb. 17, 2014.

Stand Your Ground had nothing to do with the Dunn verdict in Florida. Stand Your Ground played zero role in the Michael Dunn “loud music” case. Washington Post. Feb. 17, 2014.

Ninth Circuit strikes California’s restrictive rule against licensed carry of handguns. The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public. Washington Post. Feb. 13, 2014.

Meet the Barack Obama of the Volokh Conspiracy. Personality test results in Kopel most like President Obama. Washington Post. Feb. 7, 2014.

What a Life Can Be: One Therapist’s Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder. Book Review: “What a Life Can Be: One Therapist’s Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder.” By Dr. Carolyn Dobbins. Bridgecross Communications. 215 pages. Washington Post. Jan. 27, 2014.

Hollywood, 'Homefront' and the very real problems facing Interpol. Interpol is where lazy script-writers turn when they need foreign-sounding cops who are funnier than the KGB. FoxNews.com. With Theodore R. Bromund. Dec. 11, 2013.

The Battle for a Free California Rages On. America's 1st Freedom. Dec. 2013.

Tragedy's Playbook: Bloomberg's PR manual for exploiting crimes. America's 1st Freedom. Nov. 2013.

Deacons for Defense and Justice. America's 1st Freedom. October, 2013.

The Long Hard Road to Freedom. How a new "shall issue" law in Illinois illustrates the long hard road to freedom. America's 1st Freedom. September 2013.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

Colorado Inside Out. Lisa Clements, wife of former Prisons Cheif Tom Clements speaks out, Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development brings in new Co-Chairs, laws for recall elections are being examined by State Senate Democrats, state tax surplus numbers. Post game: Senate candidates Cory Gardner and Mark Udall polling numbers reveal a close race. Mar. 21, 2014.

Colorado Inside Out. The success of Colorado's health exchange, the GOP party opens new offices in Colorado and Secretary of State Scott Gessler loses appeal in Denver District Court over an initial complaint claiming he misused state funds. Colorado lawmakers consulted with legal counsel on how to use the overflow of taxes that may accumulate from pot sales. Denver's indpendent monitor suggests training for DPD. Post game: The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the lawsuit against TABOR can move forward. Mar. 14, 2014.

Colorado Inside Out. Bob Beauprez's entry into the Governor's race, the inmate early release in Aurora, the proposal for a air tanker fleet for Colorado and the sentencing of Stevie Vigil for aiding Even Ebel. Post game: Results from the initial GOP caucuses for the 2014 election regarding the races for Governor and U.S. Senate. Mar. 7, 2014.

Kopel at the University of Tennessee. The talk was titled Defining the Reach of Heller and McDonald: Second Amendment Penumbra and First Amendment Corollaries. Mar. 1, 2014.

Colorado Inside Out. Rep. Cory Gardner entering the US Senate Race, Ken Buck leaving Senate Race and entering Race for Congressional District 4, Judge sets start date for James Holmes trial, Colorado adopts methane emission standards. Post game: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto on the controversial religious rights proposal. Feb. 28, 2014.

Colorado Inside Out. Gay Marriage ban lawsuit, Pot tax budget estimates, Scott Gessler and JBC committee remarks, and CDOT plan for US 36. Post game: CDOT plan for US 36. Feb. 21, 2014.

Kopel on The Blaze TV. Discussion of the current state of right-to-carry laws in the U.S., particularly the surprising decision from the 9th Circuit. Feb. 17, 2014.

Colorado Inside Out. CDOT's contracts for US-36, Jeffco Superintendent resigns, defeated bill for concealed guns in schools and a lawsuit restricting recreational marijuana ads in newspapers and magazines. Post game: Federal documents released today about banking rules for recreational marijuana. Feb. 14, 2013.

Testimony on Colorado Senate Bill 14-038. Kopel testifies in favor of a bill to remove the Governor's power to ban the sale, transport, and dispensing of firearms whenever the Governor declares an emergency. Feb. 10, 2014.

Colorado Inside Out. Quinnipiac poll results for Gubernatorial and US Senate Races, Scott Gessler opts out of future GOP debates, possible changes to same day voter registration rules, Colorado Superintendents propose funding solutions to schools. Post game: Quinnipiac Poll showing current results of the Colorado Statewide races including upcoming Gubernatorial and US Senate races. Feb. 7, 2014.

Latest Books, Monographs and Journal articles

Necessary Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the U.S. Interest. Heritage Foundation Backgrounder #2861. With Theodore R. Bromund. Dec. 11, 2013.

New book! A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Affordable Care Act (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Co-authored.

Ancient Hebrew Militia Law. 90 Denver University Law Review Online 175 (2013).

Knives and the Second Amendment. 47 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 175 (2013). With Clayton Cramer and Joseph Olson.

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. PDF.

Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects. 6 Albany Government Law Review 306 (2013). With Trevor Burrus.

The American Revolution against British Gun Control. Administrative and Regulatory Law News (American Bar Association). Vol. 37, no. 4, Summer 2012.

The Great Gun Control War of the 20th Century--and its Lessons for Today. 57 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1527 (2012).

Media quotes and cites

Campus gun ban could be headed to Colorado ballots. Kopel predicts ballot measure will fail. Associated Press (CO). By Kristen Wyatt. Jan. 2, 2014.

Hawaii Tourists Revel in Sun, Surf and Semiautomatics. Who in Japan owns firearms? New York Times. By Ashley Parker. Jan. 1, 2014.

Colorado gun control: 'they went too far' - expert. Kopel explains why the recent CO gun bills went too far. Voice of Russia. By Crystal Park. Oct. 16, 2013.

Un año después de Newtown, EEUU tiene más leyes permisivas con las armas. Agencia EFE. Reprinted: El Diario (Mexico). El Comercio (Peru). Intereconomia (Spain). Entorno Inteligente (Panama). Entorno Inteligente (Venezuela). Boa Informacao (Brazil). Oct. 14, 2013.

Why wasn't Aaron Alexis prosecuted for previous shooting incidents? The previous incidents weren't taken seriously enough. CBS News. By Julia Dahl. Sept. 19, 2013.

Will Navy Yard rampage move the dial on gun control? Kopel comments on the Navy Yard shooting as it relates to Newtown. CNN.com. By Ashley Killough. Sept. 18, 2013.

The Blind Can Carry Guns in Public in Iowa. The legality of issuing gun permits to the legally blind and visually impaired in Iowa. Lawyers.com. By Michele Bowman. Sept. 16, 2013.

Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public? Kopel provides legal context for issuing permits to the legally blind. CBS News. By Julia Dahl. Sept. 9, 2013.

Should Colorado's Make My Day law be expanded? A look back at Colorado's make my day law. Westword. By Alan Prendergast. July 18, 2013.

Slipping the constitutional leash. Kopel's essay, "Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects" cited as evidence for the drug war's deleterious effects on the Constitution. Washington Post. By George Will. June 14, 2013.

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