Archive for March, 2013

VIDEO: Rob Natelson on Guns Rights in Colorado

Posted by on Mar 28 2013 | Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Growth of Government, guns, PPC, U.S. Constitution, Video

Independence Institute friend and long-time contributor Ari Armstrong shot this video of Constitution scholar Rob Natelson speaking in Grand Junction on gun rights, the Second Amendment, and Colorado’s new gun controls. We can’t thank Ari enough for shooting, editing, and posting the video.

Below you’ll find the whole speech, but before you watch the whole thing, check out this 4 minute segment where Rob makes a great analogy between gun controls and sex controls. It’s pure genius.

And here is the whole 34 minute speech.

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VIDEO: Women Hate Gun Control, Hick Losing His Mojo

Posted by on Mar 27 2013 | guns, Idiot Box (TV Show), PPC, Second Amendment, Video

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Donate to Our Gun Rights Legal Battle

Posted by on Mar 25 2013 | guns, PPC, Second Amendment

First off, we want to thank everyone for all the support we’ve received over the last week. Many of you have been calling and emailing us in support of our legal challenge to the new gun controls Governor Hickenlooper signed into law last week. We can’t thank you enough for the words of encouragement and the donations to help with our legal fight.

In order to make things even easier, we’ve created a new way to donate to us online. Go to if you’d like to contribute to our legal fund directly. If you know anyone who wants to donate, you can send them that link as well.

Again, thanks for all your support. We are not able to fight to protect gun rights in Colorado without your help.

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VIDEO: One on One with Professor Walter Williams

Posted by on Mar 22 2013 | Economics, Economy, Idiot Box (TV Show), PPC, Video

The great economics professor Walter Williams joined me on my show last week. In case you missed it, here is the video.

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Want to Help Secure Colorado’s Gun Rights? Donate to Our Legal Effort!

Posted by on Mar 21 2013 | Fourteenth Amendment, guns, Kopelization, PPC, Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

As many of you have heard, we are mounting a legal challenge to the new gun controls signed into law yesterday. Our lawsuit will be based on the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, among other grounds. The lawsuit will be brought on behalf of a large coalition of local and national law enforcement, including many of the Sheriffs who opposed the bills, disability rights organizations, gun safety organizations, civil rights organizations, and others. As always, spearheading this effort is our Second Amendment Scholar Dave Kopel.

Many have called, emailed, and written us wondering how they can help with our legal campaign. This help is sorely needed. As you might imagine, we have a long and expensive legal battle ahead of us. Your contribution will help with these expenses.

The easiest way to make a contribution directly to this effort is by clicking on this link to donate:

However, if you prefer to send a check, you may mail it to:

Independence Institute
727 E. 16th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

In the memo line, simply put SAP lawsuit, so we apply your gift to the our efforts to fight these over-reaching gun laws.

Again, thank you for your support!

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Major Announcement on New Gun Laws

Posted by on Mar 21 2013 | Growth of Government, guns, overcriminalization, PPC, Second Amendment

“Over? Did you say it’s ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain’t over now!” – John Blutarsky

Yesterday Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper confirmed Colorado as a pawn in a national game of gun control. He signed three anti-Second Amendment bills into law, making our previously liberty-loving state into the nation’s Hate State against gun owners.

Independence Institute was the lead voice educating policy makers and the Governor himself of the dangers and sloppiness of these bills. They wouldn’t listen to us. They wouldn’t listen to Coloradans. They instead listened to Mayor Bloomberg and Joe Biden, who called legislators and Hickenlooper personally.

We urged the Governor to veto the bills and send them back to the legislature for re-drafting. Our Second Amendment expert, Dave Kopel, told him that the magazine ban is horribly miswritten, with numerous constitutional problems, even beyond the core Second Amendment issue.

But the national anti-gun interests have more influence in Colorado than we citizens. Now the sale or transfer of nearly every gun magazine in Colorado will be crime, because almost every single magazine is “readily convertible” to hold more than 15 rounds. Watch our video on this here.

And due to the must “maintain continuous possession” clause to grandfather in previously owned mags, I won’t be able to teach my daughter how to shoot my gun – she cannot hold the gun that uses the original magazine. My brother, a volunteer gun range officer will not be able to assist a gun student with a malfunctioning gun. As he says in this op-ed, he will have to choose between keeping the gun range safe or becoming a criminal. A husband cannot lend his gun with an original magazine to his wife. Watch our video on this here.

All 62 County Sheriffs vigorously opposed these bills. Many say that won’t enforce them when they become law because they cannot be enforced.

We have said for years that Colorado is the national test case to turn a freedom-loving western state into a progressive strong hold. Today Colorado citizens learned the hard way that elections have consequences. Today our Governor cemented our path to become California.

But I guarantee you, this fight has just begun. We at Independence love Colorado and love liberty too much to just sit back and watch in dismay.

Today I am proud to announce that the Independence Institute will lead the civil rights lawsuit against the State of Colorado to free us from these unconstitutional laws.

Our lawsuit will be based on the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, among other grounds. The lawsuit will be brought on behalf of a large coalition of local and national law enforcement, including many of the Sheriffs who opposed the bills, disability rights organizations, gun safety organizations, civil rights organizations, and others.

Lead attorney in the lawsuit will be Dave Kopel, who is also a Denver University Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law. Kopel served on the U.S. Supreme Court oral argument team which won the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller. His briefs and scholarship have been cited by Justices Alito, Breyer, and Stevens, and by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, among others.

This will be a long and expensive legal battle. But that is nothing new to us. We are honored to fight for Freedom, to fight for Colorado. We are honored to fight for you.

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VIDEO: Colorado Magazine Ban: Continuous Possession

Posted by on Mar 18 2013 | guns, Michael Bloomberg, overcriminalization, PPC, Second Amendment

By now I’m sure you’re aware that the magazine ban, Colorado House Bill 1224, sitting on Hickenlooper’s desk will outlaw most magazines in Colorado. Why? Because most magazines are “readily convertible” to hold more than 15 rounds. But did you know about “continuous possession?” This is another dirty little secret hidden inside HB 1224. Watch the video below as I demonstrate how continuous possession works with Amy Oliver Cooke.

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VIDEO: Walter Williams 2013 Founders’ Night Keynote Address

Posted by on Mar 15 2013 | Economic LIberties, Economics, Economy, PPC, U.S. Constitution, Video

In case you missed our annual Founders’ Night dinner last Thursday, here is the keynote address given by world famous George Mason economist Walter Williams.

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Colorado House Bill 1224: Magazine Ban Worse Than Advertised

Posted by on Mar 13 2013 | guns, PPC, Second Amendment

By now you’ve heard about the magazine ban that’s on its way to the Governor’s desk. But there is something about this bill, HB 13-1224, that you probably don’t know: It bans MOST normal magazines found in normal guns! Watch the video below as I demonstrate how Colorado’s magazine ban is way worse than advertised with my very normal Glock 19 handgun.

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Statement on the Allegations Against David Kopel

Posted by on Mar 12 2013 | Capitol Crazies, guns, Kopelization, PPC, Second Amendment

The controversy surrounding my Research Director, David Kopel, has grown to the point where I feel I must comment officially.

Before I get to the allegations, let me say that I have known Dave for over two decades. I believe him to be a good man. Like all of us, he is not perfect. And like all of us, he has certainly made some decisions that, with the fullness of time, he might come to regret. Nevertheless, I am proud to call him a good friend and proud to stand with him during this time.

As you are aware, our Second Amendment rights are under assault not only on the national level but also here in Colorado. Dave Kopel is arguably the nation’s leading scholar on the right to keep and bear arms and he has been in high demand. He has never been more productive.

He has been all over the media setting the record straight and putting out the emotional fires of the anti-gun panic. You’ve seen him on CNN, FOX, BBC, PBS’s News Hour, MSNBC and more. You’ve read his work in publications ranging from the Denver Post to the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal.

More importantly, he has been hip-deep in the fight in the Colorado Legislature, meeting with lawmakers, testifying, and rewriting legislation. Senator Greg Brophy thanked him from the Senate floor for rewording part of the hideous magazine ban bill so at least it wouldn’t outlaw almost every shotgun in the state. On Friday, he spent the entire day and most of the night in the Senate Chambers advising lawmakers during their marathon debate.

So, it is little wonder that the ugly allegations against Dave have surfaced. How could David Kopel produce so much quality and impactful work over the last two months if he weren’t using performance enhancing drugs?

Let me make clear, it is not the policy of the Independence Institute, nor has it ever been, to condone juicing by any of its scholars.

Dave has been steadfast in his denials of using steroids, yet, as you have read in the papers, he refuses to submit to the same urine analysis that his other team members do. Curiously, for some reason, our investigative reporter Todd Shepherd submits urine samples hourly.

As for the observations that David’s cranium has expanded to the point of being bulbous, Dave insists that it is an illusion caused by his receding hairline.

All I can say for certain is that I stand by my friend and colleague. If he says his outstanding and wildly effective work has not been aided by performance enhancing drugs, then I for one believe him. And to him I say – Dave we love you whether you have or haven’t, and there is no shame to admit weakness.

There will never be an asterisk by your name in my book.

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