Firearms Code – Original – Version 1 – Revision 0

By | February 4, 2012

It has been on my mind for some time that there should be a code of ethics for people to choose to subscribe to.  This code would let the world know what kind of people we are and what you can expect from us.  This code is general purpose and meant to be a very middle of the road to cover most people’s feelings on the topic.  It is also hoped that whose who read this my come to the understanding that people. [This version is by no means final and is still in progress.  Right now the tenants are in no particular order but I do intend to order them by some form of importance]

  • I am a firearm owner
  • I believe that everyone has the right to own (and carry if they choose) a firearm.
    • Criminals, violent criminals, those who are mentally incapable unstable and those with sufficient firearms knowledge to keep themselves and others safe excluded.
  • I will never THREATEN to use my firearm
  • I will never use my firearm in while not in emotional control of myself.
  • I will comply with all regulations regarding my firearm no matter how strongly I disagree with them.
  • I will never allow another to come to harm, serious injury or death by my inaction regardless of the law.
  • I will never start a fight while armed no matter how right I may be.
  • I will not allow my firearms to fall into the hands of those who are restricted or otherwise unqualified to own/use/posses them.
  • I will always obey the 3 rules of gun safety:
  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  • I will, without resentment or disrespect, upon verbal request from an individual of authority (owner/manager/security/etc) in a paticular location either:
  1. Not bring my firearm to/into that location
  2. Not frequent that location when armed
  3. Stop coming to that location altogether
  • I will still defend the lives and property of those who disagree with my choice to own/carry firearms.

Motivations for these rules are:

  • I am a law-biding citizen to the best of my ability.
  • I believe that moral obligations override legal ones. ( I cannot allow something I know and honestly believe is wrong to occur even if the law says I shouldn’t act )
  • I believe everyone has the right to own a firearm but that there are those who are unfit:
    • People who lack the moral faculties to differentiate between when they should or shouldn’t use force should be denied firearms. (Criminals generally)
    • People who lack the emotional control to CONSCIOUSLY DECIDE instead of emotionally deciding should be denied. ( Violent Criminals generally )
    • People who lack the mental faculties to make responsible life and death decisions should be denied. (Mentally Incapable generally)
    • People who do not have enough firearms knowledge to keep themselves and others safe while in possession of a firearm should either be required to get enough training first or CHOOSE not to exorcise their right to use one until they are competent. (this may be as simple as going shooting with a friend to show them the ropes
    • These should be applied on a case-by-case basis not a blanket reasons.
  • I own/carry a firearm, not a weapon.  It is a tool that may need to be used for justified violence, but that is not it’s purpose.
  • I believe that in general people are good and will behave responsibly and that paranoia is never a good reason for anything beside preparedness.

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