82 (Author at Cato Institute) https://www.cato.org/ en David B. Kopel discusses several topics on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-3 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:34:59 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-3 David B. Kopel discusses several topics on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-2 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 10:16:34 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-2 David B. Kopel discusses the Regional Transportation District on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-regional-transportation-district-cptvs Sat, 01 Feb 2020 10:57:28 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-regional-transportation-district-cptvs David B. Kopel discusses the Denver Municipal elections and other topics on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-denver-municipal-elections-other-topics Fri, 27 Dec 2019 13:18:17 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-denver-municipal-elections-other-topics David B. Kopel discusses an Aurora police officer found drunk in police care and other topics on Colorado Public TV’s Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-aurora-police-officer-found-drunk-police Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:20:42 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-aurora-police-officer-found-drunk-police David B. Kopel discusses Michael Bloomberg and other topics on CPTV’s Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-michael-bloomberg-other-topics-cptvs-inside Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:19:22 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-michael-bloomberg-other-topics-cptvs-inside David B. Kopel discusses the SCOTUS and the right to bear arms on Lawline https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-scotus-right-bear-arms-lawline Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:18:28 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-scotus-right-bear-arms-lawline David B. Kopel discusses open carry on KRDO’s NEWSCHANNEL 13 @ 6 https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-open-carry-krdos-newschannel-13-6 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:37:31 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-open-carry-krdos-newschannel-13-6 David B. Kopel discusses gun control on KRDO’s NEWSCHANNEL 13 @ 4:00 https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-gun-control-krdos-newschannel-13-400 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:05:26 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-gun-control-krdos-newschannel-13-400 David B. Kopel discusses the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights on KRDO’s NEWSCHANNEL 13 @ 6 https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-second-amendment-bill-rights-krdos Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:40:04 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-second-amendment-bill-rights-krdos David B. Kopel discusses several topics on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-1 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:11:42 -0500 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-1 David B. Kopel discusses several topics on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-0 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 10:30:25 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-several-topics-cptvs-colorado-inside-out-0 Worman v. Healey https://www.cato.org/publications/legal-briefs/worman-v-healey-0 Joseph G.S. Greenlee, David B. Kopel, Ilya Shapiro <div class="lead text-default"> <p>Massachusetts law currently prohibits ownership of “assault weapons,” the statutory definition of which includes the most popular semi‐​automatic rifles in the country, as well as “copies or duplicates” of any such weapons. As for what that means, your guess is as good as ours. A&nbsp;group of plaintiffs, including two firearm dealers and the Gun Owners’ Action League, challenged the law as an unconstitutional violation of their Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately, both a&nbsp;federal trial judge and a&nbsp;federal appellate panel upheld the ban—though they could not agree on why.</p> </div> , <div class="text-default"> <p>The trial judge followed the lead of the Maryland case of&nbsp;<em>Kolbe v. Hogan</em>&nbsp;(in which Cato filed&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cato.org/blog/taking-aim-marylands-ban-arms-commonly-used-self-defense" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank" heap-ignore="true">a&nbsp;brief</a>&nbsp;supporting a&nbsp;petition to the Supreme Court), misconstruing from a&nbsp;shred of the landmark 2008&nbsp;Supreme Court opinion in&nbsp;<em>District of Columbia v.</em>&nbsp;<em>Heller</em>&nbsp;that the test for whether a&nbsp;class of weapons could be banned was whether it was “like an M‑16.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (in which Cato also&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/wp-content/uploads/kolbe_cert-stage.pdf" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank" heap-ignore="true">filed a&nbsp;brief</a>), conjured up a&nbsp;complex interest‐​balancing test that boiled down to a&nbsp;much simpler question: is it like a&nbsp;handgun? If not, the weapon is not sufficiently “well‐​suited” to self‐​defense in the home and can be banned. Both tests contravene the core holding of&nbsp;<em>Heller</em>&nbsp;that&nbsp;<em>all</em>&nbsp;weapons in common civilian use are constitutionally protected.</p> <p>The plaintiffs are now asking the Supreme Court to hear their case. Cato, joined by several organizations interested in the protection of our civil liberties, has filed a&nbsp;brief supporting the plaintiffs’ petition. We discuss how the federal circuit courts have, absent further guidance from the Supreme Court, stumbled around in the dark in their attempts to apply&nbsp;<em>Heller</em>’s “common use” test. Although the courts have uniformly looked to statistical data of some form in establishing common use, they have been unable to agree on what the relevant statistic is. The total number of the banned weapons owned, the percentage the banned weapons constitute of the total national arms stock, and the number of jurisdictions in which the banned weapons are lawful have all been used to determine the breadth of constitutional protection. By any metric, however, the weapons banned by the Massachusetts law are clearly in “common use.”</p> <p>Several circuits have also added their own personal touches onto&nbsp;<em>Heller</em>’s test. In this case, the First Circuit panel twisted the “common use” test and looked at whether the banned weapons have “commonly been used&nbsp;<em>for home self‐​defense purposes</em>,” instead of for any lawful purpose. The panel also followed several other courts in balancing the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment interests against those of the government, despite the Supreme Court’s express rejection of an interest‐​balancing approach in&nbsp;<em>Heller</em>&nbsp;and the follow‐​up case&nbsp;<em>McDonald v. City of Chicago</em>. This skewing of legal frameworks is especially troublesome where the Supreme Court has remained silent on the scope of the right to keep and bear arms for the last decade, leading to a&nbsp;fractured and unpredictable state of the law.</p> <p>Today, the majority of firearms sold in the United States for self‐​defense are illegal in Massachusetts. The lower courts erred in upholding this abridgment of Bay State residents’ rights. The state law is unconstitutional on its face, while the rationales provided to uphold it lack legal or historical foundation. We urge the Supreme Court to hear the plaintiffs’ case and make clear that the Second Amendment is not a&nbsp;second‐​class right.</p> </div> Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:58:04 -0400 Joseph G.S. Greenlee, David B. Kopel, Ilya Shapiro https://www.cato.org/publications/legal-briefs/worman-v-healey-0 David B. Kopel discusses the Seattle Fish Co. CEO joining the District 3 congressional race on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-seattle-fish-co-ceo-joining-district-3 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:05:05 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-seattle-fish-co-ceo-joining-district-3 David B. Kopel discusses the Aurora municipal ballot error on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-aurora-municipal-ballot-error-cptvs-colorado Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:04:01 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-aurora-municipal-ballot-error-cptvs-colorado David B. Kopel discusses a study funded by the Colorado government which found that short‐​term exposure up to 2,000 feet away from oil and gas drilling sites puts humans at risk on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-study-funded-colorado-government-which-found Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:02:51 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-study-funded-colorado-government-which-found David B. Kopel discusses the $1.3 million spent on Denver school board races to date on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-13-million-spent-denver-school-board-races Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:01:05 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-13-million-spent-denver-school-board-races David B. Kopel discusses U.S. Senate primary democrats venting frustrations about the party’s rules on candidate forums on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-us-senate-primary-democrats-venting Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:59:45 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-us-senate-primary-democrats-venting David B. Kopel discusses Crisanta Duran and Alice Madden ending their campaigns for U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-crisanta-duran-alice-madden-ending-their Fri, 11 Oct 2019 10:02:01 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-crisanta-duran-alice-madden-ending-their David B. Kopel discusses the Colorado GOP’s response to the impeachment inquiry on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-colorado-gops-response-impeachment-inquiry Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:59:55 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-colorado-gops-response-impeachment-inquiry David B. Kopel discusses Proposition DD on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-proposition-dd-cptvs-colorado-inside-out Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:55:35 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-proposition-dd-cptvs-colorado-inside-out David B. Kopel discusses the public option insurance plan on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-public-option-insurance-plan-cptvs-colorado Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:54:35 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-public-option-insurance-plan-cptvs-colorado David B. Kopel discusses the Colorado Rising Files Lawsuit on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-colorado-rising-files-lawsuit-cptvs-colorado Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:52:17 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-colorado-rising-files-lawsuit-cptvs-colorado David B. Kopel discusses the Denver City Council and the Mayor discussing a minimum wage increase on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-denver-city-council-mayor-discussing-minimum Fri, 04 Oct 2019 14:26:21 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-denver-city-council-mayor-discussing-minimum David B. Kopel discusses the Denver City Council increasing the tobacco purchasing age to 21 on CPTV’s Colorado Inside Out https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-denver-city-council-increasing-tobacco Fri, 04 Oct 2019 14:24:17 -0400 David B. Kopel https://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/david-b-kopel-discusses-denver-city-council-increasing-tobacco