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.
An implausible argument that evangelicals must oppose self-defense. Responding to an article by Rob Schenck, a pacifist minister. Washington Post. Dec. 30, 2015.
Trauma Colectivo Post-San Bernardino. La Razón (Madrid). Dec. 16, 2015.
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.
Handgun bans for persons under 21: A hidden problem in Everytown’s ‘universal background checks’. Washington Post. Nov. 5, 2015.
Sharing firearms for informal target shooting: Another legitimate activity outlawed by Everytown’s ‘universal background checks’. Washington Post. Nov. 4, 2015.
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.
Earlier material on secret government blacklists
The New McCarthyism: Restricting Constitutional Rights Based on Mere Suspicion.
Independence Institute Issue Backgrounder, no. 2005-B. June 2005. Analysis of proposals to use the "no-fly list" or other suspicion-based lists as a basis for
prohibiting the exercise of Second Amendment rights.
No Fly, No Buy. Gun-banners want people whose names appear on secret government no-fly lists to be
denied their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. America's 1st Freedom, Oct. 2005.
In the Media
Carlos Muñoz. La propuesta de Obama para detener la matanza. Semana.com (Colombia). Jan. 9, 2016.
Juan Carlos Iragorri. "Las medidas de Obama sobre las armas son inútiles." RCNradio.com (Columbia). Jan. 8, 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.
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.
Walter Olson. Hill Democrats Renew Push for “Assault Weapons” Ban. Cato Institute. Dec. 17, 2015.
I Don’t Blame You For Being Scared of Guns. Patheos. Dec. 15, 2015.
Malloy to impose gun restrictions. Yale Daily News. Dec. 11, 2015.
A little bit about a lot from the desk of AGN Media. Amarillo Globe-News. Dec. 11, 2015.
Gun control proposals serve as empty gestures. The Oklahoman editorial board. Dec. 10, 2015.
Report: Most Gun Control Policies Ineffective at Preventing Gun Crime. Finds mental health reform would have greatest impact. Washington Beacon. Dec. 10, 2015.
Walter Olson. Gun control, terrorism, and President Obama. Overlawyered.com. Dec. 7, 2015.
Supreme Court's Denial of Assault Weapon Case Won't End Gun Debate. National Law Journal. Dec. 7, 2015 (paywall).
Kirk Sigler. From Colorado to California, the gun control debate has become personal. NPR News. Dec. 5, 2015.
Eric Niler. Why So Many Assault Weapons? Discovery News. Dec. 4, 2015.
Sal Rodriguez. Reflexive calls for tighter gun restrictions ill-timed. Orange County Register. Dec. 4, 2015.
Joey Bunch. Shape of 2016 Colorado gun legislation yet to take form. Denver Post. Dec. 4, 2015.
Jamaica: Draconian Gun Laws and Murder Rates. AmmoLand Shooting Sports News. Dec. 4, 2015.
Robert Verbruggen. Would Cracking Down on Guns in the U.S. Really Reduce Violence? National Review Online. Dec. 3, 2015.
Eric Sandstrom. On gun violence, mass killings shouldn't be the focus. Denver Post. Nov. 28, 2015.
Eugene Volokh. Home possession of switchblade knives protected by the Second Amendment. Washington Post. Nov. 24, 2015.
Activists taking aim at Colorado's campus-carry law. Austin American-Statesman (blog). Nov. 23, 2015.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
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.
Discussion of American Sniper widow's comments at Obama town hall. Fox Business Network, Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton. Jan. 9, 2016.
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.
Gun Talk with Tom Gresham. Dec. 20, 2015. Discussion of Kopel’s new Cato Institute paper.
CTV News Canada. Dec. 5, 2015. New York Times frontpage gun control editorial. Obama call for gun bans. 5 minutes.
"Heller 2" at the DC Circuit Court. Cato Institute podcast. Sept. 23, 2015.
American Constitution Society. June 12, 2015. Panel on Skewed Justice: How Money in Judicial Elections is Undermining our Criminal Justice System.
Guns, Law and Society: Understanding the Arguments. Dart Center. Arizona State University. May 29, 2015.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
The Costs and Consequences of Gun Control. Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 784 (Dec. 1, 2015).
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. 58 Howard Law Journal 715 (2015). With Clayton Cramer.
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.
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
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 Enforcement 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