Kopel testified on January 30, 2013, or six weeks after the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on gun violence. One month later MSNBC.com revealed that Kopel and the Independence Institute had received $108,000 in grants from the National Rifle Association's Civil Rights Defense Fund, and that another witness at the Senate Judiciary hearing, David T. Hardy, testifying as a private attorney in Tucson, Arizona, had received $67,500 in grants from the same NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund in 2011.
The Fox News affiliate station in Denver, Fox31, and correspondent Eli Stokols in May 2013 revealed that Kopel had received $1.39 million in grant money from the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund between 2004 and 2011. Fox31 reported Kopel's NRA funding after the Colorado-based Independence Institute filed suit in Colorado challenging the state's gun laws with Kopel as the lead attorney.
The New York Times changed Kopel's author ID for the online opinion piece, "Bloomberg's Gun Control That Goes Too Far for the Average Citizen," on April 18, 2014, to reveal that that Independence Institute, where Kopel is research director, has "received grant money from the National Rifle Association's Civil Rights Defense Fund." On April 24, 2014, The Progressive reported that Kopel and his Independence Institute "have received over $1.42 million including about $175,000 a year over eight years from the NRA."
The Morality of Self-Defense and Military Action: The Judeo-Christian Tradition. (Praeger, 2017).
Rules for State Legislators: Jerry Kopel's Guide (2015). With Jerry Kopel.
A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Affordable Care Act (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Co-authored.
The Truth About Gun Control. (Encounter Books, 2013). Reprinted in Saving the Republic: The Fate of Freedom in the Age of the Administrative State. Roger Kimbal, ed. (Encounter Books, Jan. 23, 2018).
Truth About Gun Control animation. Animated video from publisher Encounter Books featuring a section of Kopel's book. YouTube.com. 4 minutes. July 11, 2013.
Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Publishers 2012). The first law school textbook on the Second Amendment. With Nicholas J. Johnson, Michael P. O'Shea, and George Mocsary. Supplement online chapters, free to the public: Chapter 12 - Social Science. Chapter 13 - International Law. Chapter 14 - Comparative Law. Podcasts on the book: Chapter 7, A New and Dangerous Century. Chapter 6, Reconstruction and the late 19th Century. Chapter 5, The Early Republic, and the Antebellum Era. Chapter 4, The new Constitution and the Second Amendment. Chapter 3, The Colonies and the Revolution. Chapter 2, Antecedents of the Second Amendment: From Confucius to the British Whigs. Chapter 1, An introduction to firearms laws and firearms function.
Aiming for Liberty: The Past, Present, And Future of Freedom and Self-Defense (Merril Press, 2009). Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed! (Bloomfield Press, 2008). With Alan Korwin
Supreme Court Gun Cases (Bloomfield Press, 2003). With Alan Korwin and Stephen Halbrook.
Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide (New York University Press, 2002). With Andrew McClurg and Brannon Denning. Chapters 1 and 2 (benefits and costs of firearms) are available on SSRN.
Antitrust After Microsoft. (Chicago: Heartland Institute, 2001). Summary of the book. Review. Polski/Polish.
E se avessimo preso la Columbine seriamente? in Io sparo che me la cavo: Quando essere armati è un diritto. di David Kopel & Carlo Stagnaro. (Leonardo Facco Editore, 2000). Argomenti a favore della libertà di portare armi. (ebook edition 2007).
RCRA Demystified: The Professional's Guide to Hazardous Waste Law (Washington: Environmental Law Institute, 1996). An annotated guide to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. With Linda Rockwood and Kimberly Temple.
No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement, and How to Fix It (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1997). With Paul Blackman. Winner of the 1997 Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, presented by the Center for Independent Thought.
Guns: Who Should Have Them? (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1995).
The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1992). Named 1992 Book of the Year by the American Society of Criminology Division of International Criminology. Review by Nicholas Johnson, Public Interest Law Review. Review by the Foreign Military Studies Office, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Gun Control in Great Britain: Saving Lives or Constricting Liberty? (Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago, Office of International Criminal Justice, 1992).
More Things You Can Do to Protect Your Gun Rights (Merril Press, 1995). With Alan Gottlieb.
Things You Can Do to Protect Your Gun Rights (Merril Press, 1993). With Alan Gottlieb.
The Highbrow in American Politics: Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and the Role of the Intellectual in Politics. Honors Thesis in History, Brown University, May 1982. Awarded Highest Honors, and National Geographic Society Prize.
And Justice for Some: The Reagan Administration and the Rule of Law in America. Co-author of report issued by the National Organization of Law Students and Professors for Responsible Government, Oct. 1984.