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VIDEO: Assault on the 2nd Amendment – Co Springs

Posted by on Jul 02 2013 | Events, guns, Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

If you didn’t make our sold out event in Colorado Springs on May 28th, we have the entire video here for you:

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Continuing the Gun Rights Road Show

Posted by on Jun 28 2013 | AR-15, Events, Gun shows, guns, Second Amendment, The Founders, U.S. Constitution

We’ve been all over this beautiful state on our antiques road show Colorado and the Second Amendment road show featuring lead attorney and Second Amendment scholar Dave Kopel and various sheriffs. However, there are two more locations we’ve just added to our list: Morgan and Douglas Counties.

We will be in Morgan County on Wednesday, July 17th. For more details and to RSVP ($5), go here. Check out the event flyer here.

We will be in Douglas County on Thursday, July 18th. For more details and to RSVP ($5), go here. Check out the event flyer here.

So far we’ve sold out every place we’ve been, so don’t wait to RSVP online!

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Taking the Gun Show on the Road

Posted by on Jun 03 2013 | Events, guns, Kopelization, Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Our Second Amendment event last week in Colorado Springs was a HUGE success. We were surprised how enthusiastic the crowd was to hear Dave Kopel and company (sheriffs) discuss gun rights in Colorado and why we’re suing the state. We had such big turnouts at both our Denver and Colorado Springs events, we decided to take the show on the road. After all, our lawsuit addresses the anti-gun bills that hold firearms and magazines hostage throughout the entire state. It’s only appropriate that we hear from folks outside the Denver and front range area.

ROAD TRIP!

First up, next Wednesday, June 12th we will be in Glenwood Springs to hear from the good folks in Garfield County (flyer here for details). This night out will feature Dave Kopel and three county sheriffs – Garfield’s Lou Vallario, Weld’s John Cooke, and Larimer’s Justin Smith – presenting on the Second Amendment in Colorado and our fight against the new anti-gun bills. It’s only $5 to attend and you can sign up online or by calling us at 303-279-6536.

After Glenwood Springs, we’ll be heading to Delta County the next day in an event featuring Kopel and Larimer Sheriff Justin Smith, plus a couple new faces – Delta Sheriff Fred McKee and Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap. That’s Thursday, June 13th at the Delta County Center for Performing Arts and Education. For details, see the flyer here. You can purchase tickets and RSVP online here or give us a call at 303-279-6536.

That’s Glenwood Springs on Wednesday, June 12th and Delta on Thursday the 13th. Don’t miss these events!

I wouldn’t wait too long to purchase tickets. There are many more people interested than are seats available. RSVP today!

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54 Colorado Sheriffs file lawsuit against anti-gun bills

Posted by on May 17 2013 | guns, Kopelization, Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

We filed suit against the unconstitutional gun laws today.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

A couple of hours ago the lobby of our Independence Institute building, affectionately known as the Freedom Embassy, was overflowing with microphones, cameras, and news reporters for the announcement that our lawsuit has been filed against the unconstitutional new gun bills. Quite literally, reporters were spilling out of our front door.

Sheriffs, representing the 54 elected sheriffs across Colorado, disabled gun owners, women for concealed carry, and the Colorado Farm Bureau all spoke on why they are plaintiffs in this landmark case.

You can see the press conference in its entirety below. Please take at least a few minutes to witness the passion behind our plaintiffs and listen to their reasons for challenging the State of Colorado. These are the people that make me so very proud to be a Coloradan. They are the spirit of Colorado.

We are honored and humbled to spearhead this effort to overturn these dangerous laws. Here is the full video of the press conference. Here is the official complaint.

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The Truth About Gun Control

Posted by on Apr 26 2013 | Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, guns, Kopelization, Second Amendment, The Founders, U.S. Constitution

Wouldn’t it be great if someone wrote a short essay about the right to keep and bear arms and its opposition in America? Perhaps something of similar length and persuasion as Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” or the Federalist Papers?

Well, our resident Second Amendment scholar, historian, and law professor Dave Kopel did just that for Encounter Books. In his latest book appropriately titled, “The Truth About Gun Control,” Dave gives the reader a foundation for why the right to keep and bear arms is important, who fought this inherent right and why, and what’s at stake today from the likes of Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama. As Dave says, the book is meant to be read in one sitting. Or as I like to say, the book can be read to me in one sitting.

If you’d like to hear more about the book, check out this iVoices.org podcast. He and Justin go into more detail about the book and why it’s an important piece in today’s fight against the gun control machine.

If reading the book and listening to the podcast don’t entirely whet your appetite, I may have just the thing for you. On Tuesday, May 14th, we are holding a book signing and presentation with Dave here at the Freedom Embassy. Admission is FREE, but you must RSVP online or by phone at 303-279-6536. For more information, visit our Facebook page here.

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Another Second Amendment Success

Posted by on Apr 19 2013 | Constitutional Law, Gun shows, guns, Kopelization, Politics, PPC, Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

The media correctly portrayed Wednesday’s Senate vote against broad background checks as an enormous defeat for the anti-gun movement, and for President Obama, as he put so much of his political capital into it. His decisive defeat significantly weakens him on every other issue.

What might not be as well known is that the Independence Institute was a key player in this success.

We were the only organization to put out a detailed explanation of how Senator Schumer’s background check bill would’ve turned almost every American gun owner into a felon, because it applies not only to gun sales, but also temporary transfers, like lending your shotgun to a friend or family member.

When the gun control lobby realized they couldn’t pass Schumer’s background check, they then proposed the Manchin-Toomey substitute. It was drafted secretly and hastily, and the plan was to rush it through the Senate. Our Second Amendment scholar, David Kopel, spent long & late nights writing articles on Volokh.com and National Review Online explaining how poorly written it was, making it full of unintended consequences. For example, it supposedly outlawed federal gun registration, but when you look carefully at the statutory language, it actually legalized one form of federal gun registration which is currently illegal.

Kopel’s work helped the Senate see that these bills, which were supposedly just about background checks on sales, were actually laden with many other anti gun provisions.

We were there from the very beginning of this fight. According to Senate aides, Kopel’s testimony before the Judicial Committee on January 30 was crucial in stopping a federal ban on so-called “assault weapons.” And from the very moment President Obama began using the horrible murders in Newtown as pretext to crack down on law abiding gun owners, Kopel was in the national media providing the facts and promoting genuine reforms which would actually help public safety.

Joe Biden lobbied hard here in Colorado to pass a litany of anti gun bills on the state level, which were intended to set the stage for a national ban. Kopel’s expert testimony in the state legislature, along with our broad outreach in social media and on YouTube, helped lead to the defeat of two of the worst bills: the ban on licensed carry on college campuses and the bill allowing lawsuits against gun manufacturers. Our work also helped make the bills that did pass significantly less bad than they were to start with.

For the anti-gun movement, Colorado was supposed to be an easy victory leading them to victories elsewhere. Instead they paid a HUGE price for their limited victories in Colorado, and that price will escalate significantly as we provide pro bono representation to Colorado Sheriffs as we lead the legal fight to declare these bills unconstitutional.

Join us for a book signing with our Second Amendment scholar Dave Kopel on Tuesday, May 14th. He will be giving a presentation on his new book, “The Truth About Gun Control,” and signing copies following the Q and A. For more details and to RSVP, please go here.

We fight for Freedom with a long-term battle plan that works. These victories are even more proof. Thank you for being a part of it.

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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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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: https://secure.i2i.org/2al.php

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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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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All Kopel, All the Time

Posted by on Feb 13 2013 | Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Kopelization, Law schools, Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

I’m sure like me, you feel like there is just not enough Dave Kopel in the world to satiate your unquenchable thirst for the Second Amendment, law, history, and everything else Dave knows everything about. We’ll never get enough Kopel, but we can get close. I’ve been visiting Dave’s YouTube channel over the past few weeks and it’s a great way to keep up with everything he’s doing on air. It’s updated regularly so make sure you subscribe to it.

Below you’ll find the latest Dave video – a debate on international gun control held yesterday at DU. It’s basically an hour of Dave dropping knowledge on the panel and the room. Truly remarkable.

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