Watergate quiz. A quiz with 100 questions about the Watergate scandal.
Washington Post. Oct. 29, 2014.
Bonidy v. United States: The Second Amendment at the post office.
Analysis of challenge to gun ban in post offices and parking lots. Washington
Post. Oct. 2, 2014.
New Anti-Gun Strategies. “Assault weapon?bans have proved very unpopular ?
but the anti-gun lobbies aren’t giving up entirely. National Review. Sept. 16,
Libertarian criticism of police militarization. David Kopel's arguments and
research against the militarization of law enforcement. Washington Post. Aug.
The dangerous and controversial speakers of 1900 at the University of Michigan
Law School. Guest speakers at the University of Michigan in 1900 incited
controversies--and a riot. Washington Post. Aug. 13, 2014.
Pro-gun Milwaukee Sheriff defeats challenge from Bloomberg. Bloomberg
spending fails to unseat pro-gun Milwaukee Sheriff. Washington Post. Aug. 13,
Licensed handgun carry now legal in District of Columbia: Palmer v. DC.
Effects of federal court decision allowing licensed handgun carry in D.C.
Washington Post. July 28, 2014.
The Scam Artist. Former New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s newest gun-prohibition group, Everytown for Gun
Safety, has gotten off to a rough start. America's 1st Freedom. July 2014.
Former Nixon speechwriter: Why the president had to resign, or be impeached.
John K. Andrews's explanation for why the lawless president he once served had
to be removed from office. July 7, 2014.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. Movie review. "Gore Vidal: United
States of Amnesia" is a fine film for everyone who is interested in American
intellectual history. Washington Post. June 17, 2014.
The missing 18 1/2 minutes: Presidential destruction of incriminating evidence.
How Richard Nixon got away with destroying 18 1/2 minutes of taped evidence
against him. Washington Post. June 16, 2014.
Emmy nomination: 1973 time machine episode of Colorado Inside Out. "Time
machine" episode of Colorado Public TV roundtable program goes back to 1973.
Washington Post. June 1, 2014.
In the Media
Does race shape
Americans' passion for guns? How race has played into the gun control
narrative throughout US history. CNN.com. By John Blake. Oct. 13, 2014.
Election 2014: I-591, I-594 differ over gun control. The ambiguity of the
word "transfer" when talking background checks. The Spokesman-Review. By Jim
Camden. Oct. 12, 2014.
Missouri Republicans push for gun bill victory. President Obama's role in
motivating gun activism. SFGate.com. Sept. 9, 2014.
U.S. gun control group takes aim at 'bad apple' dealers. Trusting the Brady
Center to only "bad apples." Reuters.com. By Daniel Wiessner. Sept. 5, 2014.
Gun-rights group persuading dozens of towns to repeal firearms regs in legal
blitz. Why fighting gun controls in court might not always be a smart move
for small towns. FoxNews.com. By Barnini Chakraborty. Aug. 22, 2014.
Libertarians Who Oppose a Militarized Police Should Support Gun Control—But They
Don't, of Course. Is there tension in libertarians opposing police
militarization AND gun control? New Republic. By Alec MacGillis. Aug. 21, 2014.
Armed, Out and About: Evolving Public-Carry Laws Expand Gun Rights.
Concealed carry is just a fact of American life. NBC News. By Kristen Hwang and
Kate Murphy. Aug. 19, 2014.
Gun group's church violence stats can't be verified. Why anecdotal evidence
has value. Politifact.com. By April Hunt. Aug. 1, 2014.
Judge's Ruling Upends D.C. Gun Ban. Kopel and Gura elated at the court's
decision. The Washington Informer. By Barrington M. Salmon. July 29, 2014.
New York court sets aside “gravity knife?prosecution. Kopel's work cited.
The Washington Post. By Eugene Volokh. July 25, 2014.
pave way for gun control? How Hideyoshi's rule shaped owning guns in Japan.
The Japan News. By The Yomiuri Shimbun. July 13, 2014.
Television, Radio, Podcasts
Colorado Inside Out.
Colorado teenagers arrested in connection with ISIS, controversy over recent
gubernatorial campaign ads and the FLOTUS and Hilary Clinton come to Denver to
support Udall. Oct. 24, 2014.
Armed Resistance to Genocide.
Presentation on the armed resistance to genocide given to the Children of Jewish
Holocaust Survivors. YouTube.com. 82 minutes. Oct. 21, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
The Ebola crisis as a Frontier plane carrying a nurse infected with disease
lands at DIA to be cleaned. U.S. Senate candidates Mark Udall and Cory Gardner
display their political style differences during their last debate of the
election season. The family is awarded $4.65M in a suit to be paid out by the
city of Denver. VA bill sponsored by Mike Coffman goes sour.
Post game: The latest
Denver Post poll showing senate and gubernatorial candidates neck and neck as
mail in ballots went out this week. Oct. 17, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
The judge in the Aurora Theater shooting case allowing it to be filmed.
Controversy over pay raises and curriculum in Jeffco schools. A Colorado Supreme
Court case involving a paraplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from
Dish Network for drug use. Post game:
Contentious comments made by Representative Doug Lamborn about President Obama
and his foreign policy. Oct. 3, 2014.
Libertarianism.org Episode 49. The right to keep and bear arms. Interview by
Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus. Soundcloud.com. 57 minutes. Sept. 26, 2014.
Colorado Inside Out.
The latest campaign ads pushing for the safe consumption of marijuana-edibles.
Polls come out showing conflicting data for U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial races.
The parents of a woman killed in the Aurora Theater shootings file a law suit
against the ammunition companies who sold products to the suspect in the case.
Post game: The
teacher-driven "walk-out" leading two Jefferson County high schools to cancel
classes after instructors failed to show up over anger for new pay raise
policies. Sept. 19, 2014.
Nat Hentoff interview.
Kopel speaks with legendary music critic, journalist, syndicated columnist, and
civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. They discuss the current state of civil liberties
in America and Nat explains why Obama has been the worst president of all-time
when it comes to our individual freedoms. YouTube.com. 55 minutes. Sept. 17,
Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon? Cato
Institute panel event. Sept. 12, 2014.
Latest Monographs & Journal articles
of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition.
88 Albany Law Review (forthcoming 2015).
The Posse Comitatus and the Office of
Sheriff: Armed Citizens Summoned to the Aid of Law Enforcement. Journal of
Criminal Law and Criminology (forthcoming 2014).
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
letter against confirmation of David Barron to First Circuit. May 13, 2014.
In the Courts
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