David Kopel is Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver
University, Sturm College of Law. He is also Research Director of the Independence
Institute, a think tank in Denver, Colorado. Kopel is the author of 15 books and 90
published scholarly journal articles. In addition, Kopel is an Associate Policy Analyst
at the Cato Institute. He writes frequently for The Volokh Conspiracy weblog, on the
Washington Post website. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law
School in 1985, and with Highest Honors from Brown University in 1982 

Religion

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Evolving Christian Attitudes Towards Personal and National Self-Defense, Connecticut Law Review (2013)

This Article analyzes the changes in orthodox Christian attitudes towards defensive violence. While the Article...

 

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Ancient Hebrew Militia Law, Denver University Law Review Online (2013)

The history of the laws of warfare and of arms possession in the ancient Hebrew...

 

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The Keystone of the Second Amendment: Quakers, the Pennsylvania Constitution, and the Questionable Scholarship of Nathan Kozuskanich (with Clayton Cramer), Widener Law Journal (2010)

Historian Nathan Kozuskanich claims that the Second Amendment-like the arms provision of the 1776 Pennsylvania...

 

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Christian Pacifism before Constantine (2008)

Much recent scholarship on early Christianity has emphasized the diversity of early Christian thought. This...

 

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Dhimmitude and Disarmament, George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (2008)

Under shari'a law, non-Muslims, known as dhimmi, have been forbidden to possess arms, and to...

 

International Law

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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How Many Global Deaths from Arms? Reasons to Question the 740,000 Factoid being used to Promote the Arms Trade Treaty (with Paul Gallant and Joanne D. Eisen), NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2010)

Currently, the United Nations is drafting an Arms Trade Treaty to impose strict controls on...

 

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The Arms Trade Treaty: Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Prospects for Arms Embargoes on Human Rights Violators. (with Paul Gallant and J0anne D. Eisen), Penn State Law Review (2010)

Advocates of the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) promise that it will prevent...

 

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Dhimmitude and Disarmament, George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (2008)

Under shari'a law, non-Muslims, known as dhimmi, have been forbidden to possess arms, and to...

 

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Human Rights and Gun Confiscation, Quinnipiac Law Review (2008)

This Article addresses a human rights problem which has been generally ignored by the advocates...

 

Legal History

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Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?, Harvard Law Review Forum (2104)

The Second Amendment protects the operation of businesses which provide Second Amendment services, including gun...

 

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Knives and the Second Amendment (with Claytom E. Cramer and Joseph P. Olson), University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2013)

This Article is the first scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment. Under the...

 

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Ancient Hebrew Militia Law, Denver University Law Review Online (2013)

The history of the laws of warfare and of arms possession in the ancient Hebrew...

 

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects (with Trevor Burrus), Albany Government Law Review (2013)

In this Article, we discuss the synergistic relationship between the wars‖ on drugs, guns, alcohol,...

 

Criminal Law and Procedure

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Knives and the Second Amendment (with Claytom E. Cramer and Joseph P. Olson), University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2013)

This Article is the first scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment. Under the...

 

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects (with Trevor Burrus), Albany Government Law Review (2013)

In this Article, we discuss the synergistic relationship between the wars‖ on drugs, guns, alcohol,...

 

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Reducing the Drug War's Damage to Government Budgets (with Trevor Burrus), Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2012)

This Article examines ways that governments can mitigate the economic damage caused by the drug...

 

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Pretend “Gun-free” School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction, Connecticut Law Review (2009)

Most states issue permits to carry a concealed handgun for lawful protection to an applicant...

 

Constitutional Law

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Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?, Harvard Law Review Forum (2104)

The Second Amendment protects the operation of businesses which provide Second Amendment services, including gun...

 

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The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment, Tennessee Law Review (2014)

How courts do and should use First Amendment doctrines when deciding Second Amendment cases.

 

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Knives and the Second Amendment (with Claytom E. Cramer and Joseph P. Olson), University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2013)

This Article is the first scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment. Under the...

 

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects (with Trevor Burrus), Albany Government Law Review (2013)

In this Article, we discuss the synergistic relationship between the wars‖ on drugs, guns, alcohol,...

 

Human Rights Law

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Ancient Hebrew Militia Law, Denver University Law Review Online (2013)

The history of the laws of warfare and of arms possession in the ancient Hebrew...

 

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the American Revolution, Charleston Law Review (2012)

Abstract: This Article chronologically reviews the British gun control which precipitated the American Revolution: the...

 

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The Arms Trade Treaty: Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Prospects for Arms Embargoes on Human Rights Violators. (with Paul Gallant and J0anne D. Eisen), Penn State Law Review (2010)

Advocates of the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) promise that it will prevent...

 

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The Right to Arms in the Living Constitution, Cardozo Law Review, De Novo (2010)

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

 

Law and Society

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Evolving Christian Attitudes Towards Personal and National Self-Defense, Connecticut Law Review (2013)

This Article analyzes the changes in orthodox Christian attitudes towards defensive violence. While the Article...

 

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Ancient Hebrew Militia Law, Denver University Law Review Online (2013)

The history of the laws of warfare and of arms possession in the ancient Hebrew...

 

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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The Great Gun Control War of the Twentieth Century--and its Lessons for Gun Laws Today, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2012)

A movement to ban handguns began in the 1920s in the Northeast, led by the...

 

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State Court Standards of Review for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (with Clayton Cramer), Santa Clara Law Review (2010)

Cases on the right to arms in state constitutions can provide useful guidance for courts...

 

Civil Rights

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Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?, Harvard Law Review Forum (2104)

The Second Amendment protects the operation of businesses which provide Second Amendment services, including gun...

 

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The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment, Tennessee Law Review (2014)

How courts do and should use First Amendment doctrines when deciding Second Amendment cases.

 

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Knives and the Second Amendment (with Claytom E. Cramer and Joseph P. Olson), University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2013)

This Article is the first scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment. Under the...

 

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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The Great Gun Control War of the Twentieth Century--and its Lessons for Gun Laws Today, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2012)

A movement to ban handguns began in the 1920s in the Northeast, led by the...

 

Comparative Law

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Ancient Hebrew Militia Law, Denver University Law Review Online (2013)

The history of the laws of warfare and of arms possession in the ancient Hebrew...

 

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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How Many Global Deaths from Arms? Reasons to Question the 740,000 Factoid being used to Promote the Arms Trade Treaty (with Paul Gallant and Joanne D. Eisen), NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2010)

Currently, the United Nations is drafting an Arms Trade Treaty to impose strict controls on...

 

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Dhimmitude and Disarmament, George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (2008)

Under shari'a law, non-Muslims, known as dhimmi, have been forbidden to possess arms, and to...

 

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Human Rights and Gun Confiscation, Quinnipiac Law Review (2008)

This Article addresses a human rights problem which has been generally ignored by the advocates...

 

Public Law and Legal Theory

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Evolving Christian Attitudes Towards Personal and National Self-Defense, Connecticut Law Review (2013)

This Article analyzes the changes in orthodox Christian attitudes towards defensive violence. While the Article...

 

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Ancient Hebrew Militia Law, Denver University Law Review Online (2013)

The history of the laws of warfare and of arms possession in the ancient Hebrew...

 

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Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects (with Trevor Burrus), Albany Government Law Review (2013)

In this Article, we discuss the synergistic relationship between the wars‖ on drugs, guns, alcohol,...

 

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The Great Gun Control War of the Twentieth Century--and its Lessons for Gun Laws Today, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2012)

A movement to ban handguns began in the 1920s in the Northeast, led by the...

 

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Bad News for Professor Koppelman: The Incidental Unconstitutionality of the Individual Mandate (with Gary Lawson), Yale Law Journal Online (2011)

In "Bad News for Mail Robbers: The Obvious Constitutionality of Health Care Reform," Professor Andrew...

 

Education Law

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Pretend “Gun-free” School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction, Connecticut Law Review (2009)

Most states issue permits to carry a concealed handgun for lawful protection to an applicant...

 

Social Welfare

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The PPACA in Wonderland (with Gary Lawson), American Journal of Law & Medicine (2012)

The question whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) is “unconstitutional” is thorny,...

 

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Bad News for Professor Koppelman: The Incidental Unconstitutionality of the Individual Mandate (with Gary Lawson), Yale Law Journal Online (2011)

In "Bad News for Mail Robbers: The Obvious Constitutionality of Health Care Reform," Professor Andrew...

 

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Commerce in the Commerce Clause: A Response to Jack Balkin (with Robert G. Natelson), Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2010)

The Constitution’s original meaning is its meaning to those ratifying the document during a discrete...

 

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Pretend “Gun-free” School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction, Connecticut Law Review (2009)

Most states issue permits to carry a concealed handgun for lawful protection to an applicant...

 

Legislation

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Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?, Texas Review of Law & Politics (2013)

This article explicates Mexico’s constitutional right to arms and Mexico’s main gun-control statute, the Federal...

 

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Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects (with Trevor Burrus), Albany Government Law Review (2013)

In this Article, we discuss the synergistic relationship between the wars‖ on drugs, guns, alcohol,...

 

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Bad News for John Marshall (with Gary Lawson), Yale Law Journal Online (2012)

In Bad News for Professor Koppelman: The Incidental Unconstitutionality of the Individual Mandate, we demonstrated...

 

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Reducing the Drug War's Damage to Government Budgets (with Trevor Burrus), Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2012)

This Article examines ways that governments can mitigate the economic damage caused by the drug...

 

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The Great Gun Control War of the Twentieth Century--and its Lessons for Gun Laws Today, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2012)

A movement to ban handguns began in the 1920s in the Northeast, led by the...

 

Organizations

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Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?, Harvard Law Review Forum (2104)

The Second Amendment protects the operation of businesses which provide Second Amendment services, including gun...

 

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Evolving Christian Attitudes Towards Personal and National Self-Defense, Connecticut Law Review (2013)

This Article analyzes the changes in orthodox Christian attitudes towards defensive violence. While the Article...

 

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Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects (with Trevor Burrus), Albany Government Law Review (2013)

In this Article, we discuss the synergistic relationship between the wars‖ on drugs, guns, alcohol,...

 

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The Great Gun Control War of the Twentieth Century--and its Lessons for Gun Laws Today, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2012)

A movement to ban handguns began in the 1920s in the Northeast, led by the...

 

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How Many Global Deaths from Arms? Reasons to Question the 740,000 Factoid being used to Promote the Arms Trade Treaty (with Paul Gallant and Joanne D. Eisen), NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2010)

Currently, the United Nations is drafting an Arms Trade Treaty to impose strict controls on...

 

Health Care

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The PPACA in Wonderland (with Gary Lawson), American Journal of Law & Medicine (2012)

The question whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) is “unconstitutional” is thorny,...

 

Right to Arms

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Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?, Harvard Law Review Forum (2104)

The Second Amendment protects the operation of businesses which provide Second Amendment services, including gun...

 

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The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment, Tennessee Law Review (2014)

How courts do and should use First Amendment doctrines when deciding Second Amendment cases.

 

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Knives and the Second Amendment (with Claytom E. Cramer and Joseph P. Olson), University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2013)

This Article is the first scholarly analysis of knives and the Second Amendment. Under the...

 

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Evolving Christian Attitudes Towards Personal and National Self-Defense, Connecticut Law Review (2013)

This Article analyzes the changes in orthodox Christian attitudes towards defensive violence. While the Article...

 

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Ancient Hebrew Militia Law, Denver University Law Review Online (2013)

The history of the laws of warfare and of arms possession in the ancient Hebrew...

 

No subject area

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“Sorry, Wrong Number”: Why Media Polls on Gun Control are so Often Unreliable (with Gary Mauser), Political Communication and Persuasion (1992)

How scientific are the polls reported in the media on the gun control issue? Without...