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David Kopel

David Kopel

Research Director, Independence Institute & Associate Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

David B. Kopel is the research director of the Independence Institute, in Denver, and is an associate policy analyst with the Cato Institute, in Washington, D.C. He is also an adjunct professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University, Sturm College of Law. In 1999 he served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University. He is the author of 16 books and 85 scholarly articles, on topics such as antitrust, constitutional law, counter-terrorism, environmental law, intellectual history, and police practices. His most recent book is Firearms Law and the Second Amendment (2012), the first law school textbook on the subject. Kopel was a member of the Supreme Court oral argument team in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). His Heller and McDonald amicus briefs for a coalition of law enforcement organizations were cited by Justices Alito, Breyer, and Stevens. The federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has lauded his scholarship as showing the proper model of the “originalist interpretive method as applied to the Second Amendment.” He is currently representing 55 Colorado Sheriffs in a federal civil rights lawsuit against anti-gun bills passed by the legislature in March 2013.

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Animated video from publisher Encounter Books featuring a section of Kopel's book <em>The Truth about Gun Control</em>.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Now that the gun-control circus is over, we can actually address mass violence.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Good guys with guns have managed to keep a list of shooters from carrying out the kinds of attacks that get far more publicity.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

David Kopel, associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute, evaluates prospects for changes to federal gun laws following the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Friday, January 11, 2013

This Article presents a brief history of the Second Amendment as part of the living Constitution.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller constitutionalized the right of self-defense, and described self-defense as a natural, inherent right.

Wednesday, March 1, 1172

The widespread civilian possession of handguns also helps the police do their job.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008