- Guns, Watch&Listen
- February 13, 2017
On Monday February 13, 2017, Dave Kopel testified on Senate Bill 17-006, also known as Lizzie’s Law. Here is the audio recording of his testimony.
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.
- Guns, The Hill
- 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.