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  • Dave Kopel on Gun Talk with Tom Gresham

    Dave Kopel on Gun Talk with Tom Gresham0

    • August 29, 2018

    Second Amendment scholar Dave Kopel joins Tom Gresham on his show “Gun Talk” on August 19, 2018. They talk about the Independence Institute, our annual Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Party, and the proper way to talk about gun rights to folks who are on the fence.

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  • In the wake of a gun ban, Venezuela sees rising homicide rate

    In the wake of a gun ban, Venezuela sees rising homicide rate0

    • April 19, 2018

    Since April 2017, at least 163 pro-democracy protesters in Venezuela have been murdered by the Maduro dictatorship. Venezuela serves as an example of how gun prohibition can sometimes encourage gun crime. In 2012, the communist-dominated Venezuelan National Assembly enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law.” The bill’s stated objective was to “disarm all citizens.”

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  • Gun ban for young adults would be wholly unconstitutional

    Gun ban for young adults would be wholly unconstitutional0

    • March 13, 2018

    Besides violating the laws of some states and cities, firearms bans for young adults also violate the Constitution. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court reiterated that “[c]onstitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them.” When the Second Amendment was adopted, there were no firearms restrictions on 18-to-20-year-olds, and they were included in every militia across the country.

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  • Congress should use constitutional power to force states to honor gun rights

    Congress should use constitutional power to force states to honor gun rights0

    • December 31, 2017

    A few weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 with bipartisan support. The Act would allow persons eligible to carry a concealed firearm in their home state to carry in other states as well. Opponents contend that the Act violates federalism. Actually, the Act is well within congressional powers under the Fourteenth Amendment. That Amendment was enacted specifically to give Congress the power to act against state infringements of national civil rights.

    Section one of the 14th Amendment forbids states to violate civil rights. Section five of the Amendment grants Congress “the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” Enacted during Reconstruction, the Fourteenth Amendment was a remedy to ex-Confederate states denying freedmen the right to arms and other civil rights.

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  • What if there were serious gun controls?

    What if there were serious gun controls?0

    • November 8, 2017

    After the Las Vegas murders, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) urged Congress to “take a stand against gun violence by passing common-sense gun safety laws.” On Monday, after the mass murder in Texas, he wrote, “A simple idea: Anyone convicted of domestic abuse should see their rights under the 2nd Amendment severely curtailed.” On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced that he and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are writing a bill “to prevent anyone convicted of domestic violence — be it in criminal or military court — from buying a gun.

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  • The racist origin of gun control laws

    The racist origin of gun control laws0

    • August 22, 2017

    by Dave Kopel and Joseph Greenlee Guns have historically protected Americans from white supremacists, just as gun control has historically protected white supremacists from the Americans they terrorize. One month after the Confederate surrender in 1865, Frederick Douglass urged federal action to stop state and local infringement of the right to arms. Until this was

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