Korwin on Kosher Gun Laws: The Only Gun Control We’ll Ever Need

Alan Korwin, visit his website GunLaws.com.

Ask the average gun buff if we need new gun laws and the knee-jerk reaction is, “Not just no, but hell no!” That’s followed up with, “What part of ‘Shall not be infringed’ don’t you understand? All those gun laws on the books are illegal and should be repealed!” Let’s just think about that.

You know rights come with limits and responsibilities. Your right to swing your arms ends at the tip of my nose, right? Who would argue a law disarming convicted murderers in prison violates the Second Amendment? You get the point. Some gun laws are just fine. A five year old can’t walk into a gun shop and buy a gun.

Yes, on cool reflection, some gun laws work and are a part of the American concept of ordered liberty. We control bad elements in society and mete out punishment for bad actors and their bad acts. The worse the act is, the harsher the penalty. You want those laws.

But let’s change the rules of engagement. You help undermine anti-gun-rights bigots, and co-opt their work, by demanding reasonable, common sense gun laws of your own — a superb paradigm shift.

Let’s look at our legitimate need for gun laws. Because laws protect the innocent as well as punish the guilty. That’s especially important now the Constitution no longer constrains Congress. Officials do whatever they please, trashing our rights, ignoring their limits, acting like tyrants unrestricted by “a government of limited delegated powers.” You can fight this using new laws, with teeth, to stop those defilers of our magnificent system.

Here’s how you grow teeth. Instead of a law stating (in simple terms), “It’s illegal to take a gun away from an innocent person” (a toothless statement, but oh so typical), you say instead, “Anyone who takes a gun from an innocent person shall go to jail.” Now the authorities have to watch their butts because there’s a penalty for violating your rights, not just some feckless statement they shouldn’t do it. We win.

“Kosher” Gun Laws

Of all the groups defending the RKBA, the most aggressive is Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and even those people support “reasonable” gun control, the type I’m talking about. They’ve identified five Kosher Gun Laws (“Kosher” means proper). JPFO suggests all the rest should be tossed in the ocean:

1) If you criminally misuse a gun, your gun rights can be severed.
2) People who are mentally unfit to handle their own affairs may not bear arms.
3) Until the age of 18, your gun rights come from your parents.
4) You are responsible for the outcome of every shot you fire.
5) Because the God-given right of self-defense is inviolate, anyone who, under color of law, denies or attempts to deny your civil right to bear arms, pays a stiff fine and goes to prison.

See the footnotes and more that expand on these basic rules, at www.jpfo.org.

Other Ideas

No one who reads Handgunner should be a spectator in the struggle to preserve freedom. Find out who your local legislators are and start enacting reasonable common sense gun laws with them. That’s how things get done. What laws? You can read the details of these and more “Model Gun Laws” at www.gunlaws.com/ModelLegislation.htm. Here are some ideas.

Constitutional Carry: The right to discreetly or openly bear arms should not require a government-issued permission slip, taxes, paperwork and an expiration date. Gun-Free-Zone Liability Act: If you create a dangerous, make believe, so-called “gun-free” zone by simply hanging a sign, you are liable for any harm it causes. High School Marksmanship Act: An elective class worth one credit is offered toward your high school diploma, earned after you safely discharge a firearm at a target. “Educate kids on the constitutional roots and proper exercise of the right to keep and bear arms.” Protection of Private Property Act: Any legally owned private property may be kept in or on a private means of transportation at any place the means of transportation may legally be. This removes bans on guns in vehicles (without mentioning guns).

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And there’s more. Defensive Display: Warning an attacker you’re armed is protected by law in Montana and Arizona. Get your state onboard. The warning can be verbal, a motion or reach, or presenting a firearm in a way a person would understand is meant to forestall an assault. BIDS vs. NICS: If we must have gun-buyer background checks to stop criminals, at least do it without compiling massive records on the innocent. A simple system called BIDS can do this, and at far less cost than NICS. Limited Immunity for 911 Emergency Reporting: If you have the right to remain silent, and the right to have an attorney present during questioning, why are you encouraged to call 911 after self defense and speak into a police voice recorder, to the people trying to convict you? Yes, America needs more common sense gun laws.

(Editor’s note: This article first appeared on JFPO.org.  It has been syndicated with the permission of its author, Alan Korwin.  In addition to being the proprietor of the popular online destination Gunlaws.com, Mr. Korwin is an adviser to Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.)

About the author: Alan Korwin is an American writer, author and civil- and political-rights activist whose work serves the business, legal, news and firearms industries. In 1988, Korwin founded Bloomfield Press, which has grown into the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the nation

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  • Kevin Etter January 7, 2018, 3:03 pm

    I disagree with rule number 1 completely. If you’ve paid your debt to society, your rights (ALL of your constitutionally guaranteed rights) should be restored. Period. If the crime was murder, rape or armed robbery, the point is moot and the perpetrator should never be released from prison regardless.

  • Auggie January 6, 2018, 4:18 pm

    Drugs kill more people every day then guns and yet drugs are everywhere!
    As they are unable to pass any more drug laws guess what the dirty politicians are going to do to make people feel safe and they keep there high paying jobs!

  • Hugo January 6, 2018, 10:00 am

    Like it or not, we are effected by the court of public opinion. The Clinton assault weapons ban accomplished nothing but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again. If we simply dig our heels in and refuse to have discussions with anyone, eventually we will pay the price. These 5 could be accurately described as common sense gun laws. If we can find legislators who can accept them, they can be a framework for how 2A should be treated in the modern era. I would ask those who think there should be no restrictions if they believe we all have the right to own RPG’s, shoulder fired rockets, etc…I personally do not.

  • Ziggy January 5, 2018, 10:47 am

    Yes, if age or illness has made you too feeble minded to handle a checkbook, you probably don’t need to be handling a firearm. But is this really a problem? How often does some old coot (and I am near to being one myself) shoot himself or anyone else? It seems like a lot of energy is wasted on an issue that has little or no relevance to the real world. For that matter, we don’t want violent felons carrying weapons but has making that illegal really kept any of them from doing so?

    • JoshO January 5, 2018, 1:01 pm

      The left’s pursuit of laws stripping those deemed mentally unfit is not actually to target the unfit but to open a backdoor to eliminate the rights of anyone they see as unfit without any due process. To understand what the vipers are up to you need to learn to think like a viper.

    • Carl Tests January 5, 2018, 6:07 pm

      I believe that he is referring to laws that would be directed at, in particular, the severely mentally ill, such as James Homes, Adam Lanza, Elliot Rodger, the criminal from South Carolina at the church shooting, and the criminal at the church shooting in Texas. I have forgotten the names of the last two. The names of all these criminals need to be forgotten; however, the fact that they exist out in the world needs to be remembered.

  • Joey Nichols January 5, 2018, 9:30 am

    I would agree with your 5 laws. I would change your title words, as these laws are not about an inanimate object but rather you’re a citizen with full rights. Guns were never the issue on either side, it control or freedom of the citizens

  • joefoam January 5, 2018, 9:02 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with the 5 gun laws, toss the rest.

  • Pat Bryan January 5, 2018, 8:50 am

    There is so much silliness from the constitutionally unread and overconfident. The USC also guarantees every citizen the right to travel and live anywhere in the US that they want to. Well, if that is an absolute Right, and it is, that means that I don’t need a Driver’s License. So there!

    • Dewey March 28, 2019, 5:50 pm

      Belay that common sense and critical thinking! This is Guns’Murrica!

  • Dr Motown January 5, 2018, 8:35 am

    Unfortunately, most politicians and voters don’t possess the common sense necessary to pass the Kosher laws…Perhaps you can post something on the BIDS v NICS differences

  • Joseph Kiesznoski January 5, 2018, 7:48 am

    Pure BS Article, A Right is a Right., No limits…………….

    • Dewey March 28, 2019, 5:50 pm

      The only absolute right that anyone in ‘Murrica has is the right to determine the cause of their type-2 diabetes.

      There is no such thing as a right at all, because rights come from “god”, which is non-existent. The constitution and the bible seem to share a characteristic, those that love them the most have usually read them the least.

  • singleshotcajun January 5, 2018, 7:24 am

    Shalom. All good points. I do think there needs to be more specificity on one having help handling their affairs . To some using a financial adviser would disqualify ones 2A rights, this point is a little tricky .

    • Joey Nichols January 5, 2018, 9:42 am

      Agreed, with the slippery slope of competency. It’s a very difficult thing to define, as such we talk a lot about mental health, but do little. As I do believe was the intent of our founding fathers. Laws restricting citizens were supposed almost impossible to pass, unless you WIDE consensus. And those laws then are “interpreted” by whom….. then the next administration “interpret” mental health totally opposite. Even within my our head, I’m having a hard time defining it (hope I’m not a mental case!). But it reminds me of the famous Congress quote (don’t remember by whom) about pornography: When asked to define it the Congressman replied, “Well I cannot define it, but know it when I see it!”

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