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Kolbe v. Hogan: 4th Circuit requires strict scrutiny for Maryland ban on magazines and semiautomatics. Washington Post. Feb. 4, 2016.

Meyer v. Nebraska: As told by the lawyer who won it Washington Post. Feb. 4, 2016.

Freedom Fighters. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2016.

Obama’s executive actions on guns: Legal analysis. Washington Post. Jan. 5, 2016.

President Obama signs three constructive gun measures. Prohibiting ban on lead ammunition; first step to right-to-carry for military personnel; sell surplus military handguns to the public. Washington Post. Dec. 10, 2015.

Hickenlooper's shots at law-abiding gun owners don't help. Concealed carries licensees save lives; Jeanne Assam saved a hundred at the New Life Church in 2007. (Colorado Springs) Gazette. Dec. 10, 2015. With Ari Armstrong.

The Maryland Minute Men of 1942: Armed citizens summoned to homeland defense. Washington Post. Dec. 7, 2015.

Planned Parenthood's Right to Bear Arms. Real Clear Policy. Dec. 3, 2015.

Fact check: Obama claim that ‘I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.’ Washington Post. Dec. 1, 2015.

The costs and consequences of gun control. Washington Post. Dec. 1, 2015. Summary of new Cato study.

The Second Amendment versus anti-Catholicism. Washington Post. Nov. 20, 2015. James Madison expressly rejected anti-Catholic gun control laws; yet modern anti-gun advocates claim that these bigoted laws laws should be imposed on everyone.

Safe storage of firearms: The harms from Bloomberg’s strange background check system. Washington Post. Nov. 3, 2015.

How Everytown’s background check law impedes firearms safety training and self-defense. Washington Post. Nov. 2, 2015.

Podcasts, Radio & Video

Colorado Inside Out. Feb. 5, 2016. Full episode. Taxpayers pay for Denver Mayor to go to Super Bowl. Colorado Senate race. Prison parolee murders. North Denver I-70 plan. Postgame: More post-Iowa analysis.

Colorado Inside Out. Jan. 29, 2016. Full episode. Broncos in Super Bowl. Legislative session begins. Denver's innovative plan for the homeless. Colo. ballot initiative for state government total health control. Postgame: Commerce City pays $262,000 for police shooting of dog.

Colorado Inside Out. Jan. 15, 2016. Full episode. Keyser runs for Senate. State of the Union. Homicide of inmate Michael Marshall. Postgame: Kansas threatens kids of vet who uses Colorado medical marijuana.

Debate Over The Second Amendment To The U.S. Constitution. The Diane Rehm Show. National Public Radio. Jan. 11, 2016. With Akhil Reed Amar, Bruce Fein, and Jeffery Rosen.

The Bad and Good of Obama’s Executive Orders on Guns. Cato Institute daily podcast. Jan. 7, 2016.

Will Obama's action on guns help prevent deaths? PBS NewsHour. Video of Kopel and "Everytown" head John Feinblatt. PBS Newshour. Jan. 5, 2016.

Interpreting the Second Amendment. Kopel and Jeffery Toobin on Anderson Cooper 360. CNN. Jan. 5, 2016.

Obama Unveils Gun Control Measures. CTV (Canada). Jan. 5, 2016.

American Constitution Society. June 12, 2015. Panel on Skewed Justice: How Money in Judicial Elections is Undermining our Criminal Justice System.

Latest Books, Monographs and Journal articles

The Costs and Consequences of Gun Control. Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 784 (Dec. 1, 2015).

New book by Kopel coming 2016: The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition (Praeger Books, ABC/CLIO).

The First Century of Right to Arms Litigation. 14 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (forthcoming 2016).

Background Checks for Firearms Sales and Loans: Law, History, and Policy. 53 Harvard Journal on Legislation (forthcoming 2015).

Book review of "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible." 35 Cato Journal 443 (2015).

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.

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 (2014).

Media quotes and cites

Carlos Muñoz. La propuesta de Obama para detener la matanza. Semana.com (Colombia). Jan. 9, 2016.

Discussion of American Sniper widow's comments at Obama town hall. Fox Business Network, Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton. Jan. 9, 2016.

Juan Carlos Iragorri. "Las medidas de Obama sobre las armas son inútiles." RCNradio.com (Columbia). Jan. 8, 2016.

The Bad and Good of Obama’s Executive Orders on Guns. Cato Institute daily podcast. Jan. 7, 2016.

3 things to know about the 'gun show loophole.' PolitiFact. Jan. 7, 2016.

Francisca Maturana Torres. Obama impone mayor chequeo de antecedentes para la compra de armas. El Mercurio (Chile). Jan. 6, 2016.

Tim Lynch. Obama’s Gun Control Announcement. Cato Institute. Jan. 6, 2016.

Will Obama's action on guns help prevent deaths? PBS NewsHour. Video of Kopel and "Everytown" head John Feinblatt. PBS Newshour. Jan. 5, 2016.

Interpreting the Second Amendment. Kopel and Jeffery Toobin on Anderson Cooper 360. CNN. Jan. 5, 2016.

Pete Williams. Small-Bore? President Obama's Actions on Guns Make Marginal Changes. NBC News. Jan. 5, 2016.

Patrik Jonsson, Obama's gun control moves: What do they actually do? Christian Science Monitor. Jan. 5, 2016.

Pro-Gun-Rights Expert: Obama’s Gun Package Not So Bad. Wall Street Journal. Jan. 5, 2016.

Olivia Becke. Obama's Executive Action May Actually Have Little Impact on Gun Violence. Vice.com. Jan. 5, 2016.

Gun law expert: why Americans are obsessed with guns (and Australians are in danger). International Business Times. Jan. 6, 2016.

Legality of Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns Could Hinge on These Words. The Blaze. Jan. 5, 2016.

Courts and Legislatures

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 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.

Joel 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 amicus brief 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, file Supreme Court amicus brief in support of petitioner.

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