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Simple Firearm Rules

October 23, 2011

Enough already.  The federal tax code contains over five million words, yet the taxes we owe are forever in dispute despite all that legislation and regulation.  The solution is not a larger tax code.

Gun laws are simpler than tax law, but that doesn’t mean they are simple enough to understand.  Federal gun laws are about 90 thousand words long, yet even federal agencies like the FBI, DEA and BATFE seem to have forgotten most of these regulations.  At the state level there are another 20 thousand gun laws for us to obey.  This makes sense because state legislators will pass a law each time the weather changes.  Their gun laws are no better.

Most of us have to ignore these laws because they are far too voluminous to follow.  Most of us live by 10 simple rules.  If we want to carry a firearm to protect our friends and family then we need a few more rules beyond those ten.  I’ve borrowed the five simple rules for gun owners from Charles Heller.  Charles is the Executive Director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and he calls these rules  “the five kosher gun laws”.   I’d be hard pressed to add to them.


  1. Your gun rights can be severed if you use a gun in criminal violence.
  2. Your rights can be severed if you have been adjudicated as criminally insane by a court.
  3. Your gun rights come from your parents if you are under 18.
  4. You are responsible for every shot you fire.
  5. You should pay a heavy fine and go to prison if you attempt to infringe on others’ constitutional rights.

I want you to act responsibly now that you’ve read these five rules.   Equally important is a sixth common sense rule: Don’t leave gun laws out where legislators can get their hands on them.  We know that bad things happen when the legislature is unsupervised, and it is an avoidable tragedy.

Please comment.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    October 25, 2011 2:43 pm

    You own what comes out of your gun – no matter where it goes ,no matter what it hits, no matter where you are.


  2. Craig permalink
    October 26, 2011 8:03 pm

    My Dad taught us everything we needed to know about gun safety with one simple rule: “Don’t ever point it at anything unless you want to kill it”. That has served me well for 65 years.



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