From Alan Korwin,


Laws we need—to protect rights and limit government

Politically savvy power brokers have bags full of model legislation --
sample laws they draft themselves, that serve their interests,
and make it easy for legislators to introduce -- and enact.

To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the freedoms we cherish,
this is a page we should have in our play book.


These are already drafted. Some are already law. Simply select one or two, and show them to friendly legislators in your state.

They'll need to make clerical changes to suit your state, and the crucial prinicples in the bills will be on their way.

Bring these to the attention of your state firearms association.

Learn more about being politically effective and your existing gun laws.

Constitutional Carry
It's time for "Freedom To Carry" to replace so-called "Right To Carry." The right to discreetly bear arms should not require a government-issued permission slip, taxes and an expiration date.

Gun-Free-Zone Liability Act
So-called gun-free zones are known to be dangerous, reckless and negligent, but private property rights allow a person to create one. If you create a dangerous make-believe gun-free zone, you should be liable for any harm it causes.

High School Marksmanship Act
An elective class worth one credit toward your H.S. diploma, earned after you safely discharge a firearm at a target. "Educating kids on the constitutional roots of the right to keep and bear arms, and the role of firearms in preserving peace and freedom."

The American Historical Rights Protection Act
If a person has a gun, the person isn't a criminal, the gun isn't illegal, the place isn't a gun-free zone, and the person doesn't change the normal operation of the place, that is not a crime.

Protection of Private Property Act
Any legally owned private property may be kept in or on a means of transportation at any place the means of transportation may legally be.

Defensive Display
Warning an attacker that you're armed is now protected by law in at least Montana and Arizona. The warning can be verbal, a motion or reach, or presentation of a firearm in a way a person would understand is meant to protect against an assault.

The Firearms Freedom Act
Montana says a gun that's made in Montana, and stays in Montana, has no interstate-commerce-clause hook for federal regulation. Other states are joining them, Tennessee already has. The feds don't like this one bit.

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 far less cost than NICS.

Sunshine Gun Laws
Several dozen ideas in sound-bite size, as food for thought. You have to take some of these items with a grain of salt, because they are long shots (even funny!) at present, but some would sure help protect our rights.

Limited Immunity for 911 Emergency Reporting
If you have the right to remain silent, and the right to have an attorney present prior to and during questioning, why are you encouraged to call 911 after a self-defense incident and speak into a police voice recorder? You should have protection from having your traumatized statements used against you, and violating your Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.

Enumerated Powers Act
Proposed for 16 years by my former Congressman, John Shadegg (CD-3, Ariz.), and ignored by Congress all that time, this requires every introduced bill to identify where in the Constitution such lawmaking is authorized. Congress in late 2010 began taking it seriously. Every state should have such a laws as well.

Teeth Clauses
It is not enough for a law to say government shall not do some particular act, such as creating a central registry of gun owners. Laws must be written with teeth, thus: Anyone who creates a central registry of gun owners shall pay a fine and go to prison. This would apply to people in the Justice Dept. for example, who created a central registry on long guns from the four Mexico-border states, in violation of toothless language in the Firearm Owners P{rotection Act (now 18 USC §922). Nothing happened to them for doing this, despite the explicit ban in statute.