You may feel some pressure. America's 1st Freedom. July 2015. Why are doctors asking you if you any guns at home? What will happen if you tell them it's none of their business?
U.S. treaty obligation to defend Marshall Islands ships. Washington Post. May 1, 2015.
Guns on university campuses: The Colorado experience. Washington Post. April 20, 2015.
Waking to a Dangerous World. America's 1st Freedom. March 2015. Violence around the world is causing a change in firearm policies in many countries, and also a pro-gun shift in attitude here in the United States.
Facts about mental illness and crime. Washington Post. Feb. 20, 2015.
Argentina's free press is in grave danger. Book review of Tiempos Turbulentos. The Kirchner regime's war on the free press and civil society. Washington Post. Feb. 9, 2015.
In the Media
Uber bans guns in its cars. Wall Street Journal. June 22, 2015. "Uber is free to contract with whoever it wants. If it wants to only hire drivers that shave their head, they can do that,” said David Kopel, a Colorado gun-rights lawyer and law professor at the University of Denver. “I will definitely say that I will use Uber less,” he added.
Gun rights advocates' push for campus-carry measures like Texas' is slow going. Los Angeles TimesJun 19
Charleston shooting prompts gun-rights supporters to call for more concealed-carry at churches. Washington Times. June 18, 2015.
Man with rifle scares at airport: How important is civility to open-carry? Christian Science Monitor. June 6, 2015. “The people who open-carry and want it to be viewed as normal, which it obviously was for most of American history and is again, should do it by acting normal and not by being attention-[seekers],” Mr. Kopel says.
Secrecy fails to honor or protect victims. The Tennessean. May 30, 2015. Kopel: "the best we can do for victims is to decrease their numbers."
Guns can be carried into more public places, even churches. Casa Grande Valley Newspaper. May 28, 2015.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out. June 19, 2015. Full episode. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump announce presidential campaigns. Issues looming in the Colorado Republican Party. AG Cynthia Coffman announce she won't run for U.S. Senate. Colorado Supreme Court makes huge decision related to employers and medical marijuana. Pot use in private bars? Aurora Theater Trial updates. South Carolina church murders.
American Constitution Society. June 12, 2015. Panel on Skewed Justice: How Money in Judicial Elections is Undermining our Criminal Justice System.
Colorado Inside Out. June 5, 2015. Full episode. Hickenlooper vetoes limits on red light cameras. Denver Airport development deal with Adams County. Proposed tax increase for permanent welfare for National Western Stock Show. Cong. Mike Coffman says he will not run for U.S. Senate. New Denver City Council members.
Colorado Inside Out. May 22, 2015. Full episode. Topics: John Suthers wins Colo. Springs mayor race. VA hospital construction funding. More trouble in Denver jails. Denver City election round-up. JeffCo schools declines to disrupt high school exams for Hickenlooper publicity.
Colorado Inside Out. May 15, 2015. Frontier Airlines CEO quits. Glendale uses eminent domain for corporate welfare. JeffCo School Board loses case on teacher pay. Legislators send letter to Governor over problems at Dept. of Human Services. Legislators use personal email accounts for official business, to avoid Open Records Act. Senators Gardner & Bennett introduce federal bill to allow low-THC medical marijuana oil, Charlotte's Web.
Colorado Inside Out. May 8, 2015. Full episode. Dan Haley to head Colorado Oil & Gas Association. 2015 legislative session. Gov. Hickenlooper's complains about fiscal mess he helped create. Denver municipal elections. What VA officials knew.
Baltimore riots. May 2, 2015. Radio Svoboda. In Russian.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
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 & Carolyn J. Dobbins.
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).
The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.
81 Tennessee Law Review
Does the Second Amendment Protect
Firearms Commerce? 127 Harvard Law Review 230 (2014).
From Razing a Village to Razing the Constitution: The Branch Davidian Stand-Off
Twenty Years Later. 36 Reason Papers 72 (2014). With Paul Blackman.
Necessary Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the U.S. Interest. Heritage
Foundation Backgrounder #2861. With Theodore R. Bromund. Dec. 11, 2013.
Knives and the Second Amendment.
47 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 175 (2013). With Clayton Cramer
and Joseph Olson.
Mexico’s Gun Control Laws: A Model
for the United States? 18 Texas Review of Law & Politics 27 (2013).
Ancient Hebrew Militia Law. 90 Denver University Law Review Online 175
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.
Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects.
6 Albany Government Law Review 306 (2013). With Trevor Burrus.
In Congress and Legislatures
Colorado House of Representatives. State Affairs Committee. Feb. 2, 2015. Testimony in favor of: Civil immunity for businesses that allow licensed carry; Repeal of Colorado magazine ban; Repeal of prohibition on firearm loans that are not routed through FFLs; Enactment of “shall certify” for acquisition of NFA arms. Kopel testifies as the last witness on each bill. MP4.
In the Courts
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.
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
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, Supreme
Court amicus brief in support of petitioner.
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 briefs in Shew v. Malloy
(2d Cir. 2014) and
Fyock v. Sunnyvale (9th Cir. 2014). The history of magazines of greater
than 10 rounds, and of magazine prohibition, in the United States.
National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (2014).
Amicus brief of the Independence Institute. Original meaning of the Recess
Appointments Clause. Professor Natelson's research presented in this brief was
cited several times in the four-Justice concurring opinion written by Justice