Four Gun Laws I Would Repeal First (If I Was a Benevolent Dictator)


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USA –-( Back when I was young, naive and not yet wise to the ways of the world, about two weeks ago, I was fantasizing about being elected Benevolent Dictator of the Universe. You know, just like President Nine Iron.

Since I view the whole gun issue as a great barometer for individual liberty and personal accountability, it would make sense for my first official acts to be striking down some of the more onerous gun laws.

Figuring out exactly which laws to start with would be quite a challenge as there are over 20,000 gun control laws on the books. Why? Because “compromise,” that’s why.

Well, not compromise in the true sense of the word. You see, real compromise means that each side gives up a little, yet wins a little of what they want. Both sides share in their respective upsides and downsides. Like sex.

When it comes to gun control, there is no such thing as real compromise. It’s just a code word for “You guys just keep giving up more and more ground while we give up nothing until we achieve complete and total civilian disarmament.” Real compromise on gun issues, is about as likely as our President skipping a golf outing to attend a national security briefing.

This is why we have 20,000 gun control laws and more being proposed each and every day.

When that glorious day comes, when I’m in charge, I’m going to set about fixing a few things. Think beavers are industrious? Wait til you see me in action with my secret decoder dictator pen! During the first 20 minutes of my reign, I’ll get rid of ALL gun control laws. Well, all except one perhaps. I do kind of like that 2013 Family Protection Ordinance, passed in Nelson, GA, that requires all citizens to own a gun and ammunition. The intent is to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.” I suppose I could live with that one.

But just because I’m feeling masochistic, and due to word count limitations of this article, I’m limiting my initial actions to just four laws – for starters.

1. The Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990

The first one is easy. That would be Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. This is one of those populist feel-good laws that does far more damage than good. Our cerebral and insightful VP, Mr. “Shotgun Joe” Biden introduced this one.

This one is my top priority. If you’re reading this, you probably already know why. It’s bad enough that this law does absolutely nothing to protect our children. Worse is the fact that it creates and advertises ideal target areas for evildoers. Since schools are self-defense free zones, they’re the number one target of sociopaths. Should regular terror attacks like those overseas make their way to the US, what do you think the first targets will be?

I can’t for the life of me figure out why we can’t seem to provide the same level of protection for our children as our money. How many mass murderers target banks, where legal guns are allowed, instead of defenseless targets like schools?

2. The Gun Control Act of 1968

Number two is also easy. That would be the Gun Control Act of 1968. Why? It created that whole FFL system and all the bloated overhead that goes with it. While private sales are still perfectly legal (within your state at least) you can’t buy a gun from a store unless that store is a subject of the federal government. You can’t sell your gun across state lines without getting two FFL dealers in involved in the process. Oh, and the GCA is the leading reason that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives authority is spreading faster than a cold virus in a Chuck E. Cheese playground.

A large part of the GCA had to do with regulation of interstate firearm commerce, but when you think about it, there’s no logic. The NICS system, love it or hate it, is a federal level check, so it matters not a hoot where you are at the time that a background check is performed. If I buy a gun in Montana or Florida the same call is made to the same office to validate my legal status.

To my FFL buddies: I don’t want to drive you out of business. Au contraire, I want you to be able to focus on selling guns, ammo and accessories – not dealing with paperwork and audits by the federal government. You can thank me later!

3. National Firearms Act

The National Firearms Act of 1934 was the biggie that started the downhill slide of gun legislation. Yeah, I know, this law was amended by the 1968 clusterfuggle, but it’s well known for the “certain firearms” restriction business. After the repeal of prohibition, the feds got bored and needed something else to regulate, so they decided on guns since eCigarettes hadn’t been invented yet. With complete disregard for the entire intent of the Second Amendment, they imposed regulation and restriction on certain types of firearms. To put this law’s impact in simple terms, it’s the reason you have to send $200, fingerprints and stool samples to the ATF, and wait for many moons, to get something as simple as a gun muffler or rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches.

As a refresher, the guys who started that major shooting war back in 1776 didn’t do it to protect deer hunting rights. They did it to protect against a tyrannical government. Accordingly, when they wrote that Second Amendment thing, the intent was for private citizens to (always) have equal power and weaponry to that of the government.

Where do you think all the cannons in the Revolutionary War came from? That’s right, most of them were privately owned.

4. The New York SAFE Act

The SAFE Act makes my list not because of its impact on the country as a whole, but because it’s a shining example of bad government behavior at its worst. So inclusion of this one in my top four is an issue of principle.

In case you were busy watching Housewives of Toad Suck, Arkansas in January of 2013, this law was rammed through, literally under cover of darkness, and signed into law by Governor Andrew “Happy Tyrant Pen” Cuomo on the same day. No debate, no input from citizens. Not even consultation with law enforcement, who, by the way, were also prohibited from carrying more than seven rounds of ammo by the same law – it was that poorly conceived. The process, not to mention provisions of the act, was dastardly.

Our legislative system is supposed to be dysfunctional. We’re supposed to argue, debate and call each other names.That’s how issues get resolved, compromises achieved and good decisions are made.

I’ll let you folks know when my Benevolent Dictator uniform gets here so we can get started on these four repeals. Since I’ll be benevolent in my dictating, I’ll be taking requests, so what are your top priorities?


Tom McHale is the author of the Insanely Practical Guides book series that guides new and experienced shooters alike in a fun, approachable, and practical way. His books are available in print and eBook format on Amazon. You can also find him on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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You forgot to mention that the 1968 Gun Control Act was a 1938 Nazi law translated into English by the Library of Congress at the request of Thomas Dodd who was a senator from Connecticut. Most anti gun laws are Nazi based.


Being a benevolent Dictator, I’m wondering why you would stop at just “Gun Laws”. I would prefer you repealed every thing that violated even one of the Amendments to the Constitution. After all, they are not just restrictions on the Govt. They are the laws we are supposed to live by in relation too each other.


Looking at the picture at the beginning of the article, the genie about to grant someone four wishes to eliminate gun control, I would only need one wish. My wish would simply be, that any politician, law enforcement officer, judge, prosecutor, and any polical group or individual that attempts to create, enforce, prosecute, laws that infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms, that they would immediately drop dead. This would not only eliminate gun control, it would clean up the human gene pool.


Great article!


Only 4? Per our Constitution, “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” ALL “laws” infringe. No “law” allows or creates any additional liberties in any respect whatsoever. Therefore, ALL GUN LAWS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND THUS CREATE NO DUTY TO OBEY, according to Case Law as determined by none other than our Supreme Court. A nation under the “rule of law”. Yeah, right…


No need to repeal any of them. None are actual legal laws, since the government was specifically denied any such authority to pass them, and having gone rogue and lawless itself certainly doesn’t have the legitimacy and moral standing to enforce them even they were.

I just ignore them, like most of the spew from this criminal regime.

Ivan Pistov

Assuming that we will do this piecemeal, and not wholesale, let’s get rid of the ridiculous non-recognition of concealed carry licenses everywhere. If I’m good enough to drive in your stupid state and spend my stupid money there, I’m good enough to carry and protect my family and my self and my vehicle. The statement about that the background check doesn’t matter where you happen to be, should also immediately be done away with. This is a hangover from the original GCA68 and the Brady Bunch (GANG) ran with it. They would like all of us to be prisoners of… Read more »


Let’s pass this amendment instead. The opening declares it to be a natural right- As it is the natural, absolute and fundamental right of the individual to keep and bear arms, Congress, any State, any political sub division with a State shall make no law no law: This paragraph recognizes the right of the individual to keep and bear arms and spells it out. — That in any way, abridges, restricts, infringes or denies the absolute right of the individual who is not lawfully incarcerated, who is of 18 years or older in age, to acquire lawfully, keep and carry… Read more »

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How about just writing a single law that says something like this:
“A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

F Riehl, Editor in Chief

Wouldn’t that mean highly regulated, applies to military and police only, firearms that can only be used for hunting, with as many laws as the Democrats can think up, no guns in churches, schools, courts, parks, malls, restaurant, government buildings, all of New Jersey…oh wait.

Raymond J Gould

“A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state” meaning armed civilians ready for the cause just like ‘Volunteer fire-fighters’ People at the ready, trained, practiced & well armed! Then further more “The RIGHT of the PEOPLE to bear arms” The people meaning ALL citizens. As for “Shall NOT be Infringed” Cannot be changed or challenged! This is NOT an encrypted or foreign language people, there is NO interpretation needed – simply English 101, all is as seems! 🙂 Meaning ANY & ALL laws restricting Firearm ownership whether Federal or State ARE and ALWAYS have been… Read more »


How about a single law added federally. If it’s good enough for the government, it’s good enough for “the people”

Any law having to do with firearms or firearm related items, such as magazine size, type of ammunition, ammunition, etc that contains any language similar to “except for goverment, police or military” is hereby null and void and must be re-passed without those exceptions.

No law about firearms or firearm related items passed from the passage of this law may contain an exception for government entities.

Bob Sadtler

We don’t need a BD, we just need a hard core pro-gun president to stand up and nominate a pro-gun ATF Dir. He/she could wipe out 45 years of regulation with the stroke of a pen, even if we DID have to wait out a 90 comment period. I would add one more to your list, though. The utterly fraudulent Hughes amd to the ’86 FOPA. It was put to a vote, the vote went down in flames, and about halfway through, that scumbag Rangel closed the roles and declared the amd passed. Just like that, no modern mg ownership.… Read more »


You’re a dictator. You can chuck the whole lot in a tiny handful of words. No need to go piecemeal.

James A. "Jim" Farmer

I agree 100%! First I’d repeal the deceitful damnable “LBJ/KGB” 1968 Federal Gun Control Act, followed by FDR’s socialist 1934 Federal Firearms Act. In addition I would likewise “Get Us Out Of The United Nations” (see.www., abolish the Federal Reserve System, abolish the BATF, and can the majority of our criminal “outlaw” Congress! Also based on Barr MacLellan’s 2003 book: “Blood, Money, and Power: How LBJ Killed JFK” and likewise J. Evett Haley’s 1964 book: “A Texan Looks At Lyndon: A Study In Illegitimate Power” I’d bring to public light the crimes, political atrocities, and high treason of LBJ:… Read more »

Lee Cruse

Most of this could be accomplished if we had an administration that actually believed in the Bill of Rights. An AG that would go after the states when they pass silly and dangerous laws like NY Safe Act and CA micro stamping should be stopped quickly.


As a resident of the once Great State of New York, I would like to thank you for including IL DOUCHE’s ridiculous “SAFE Act”. I have some hope that his days in Albany will be ended in the upcoming election. One has to wonder why none of these leftist tyrants is ever willing to lead by example and dismiss their heavily armed entourage, showing the rest of us what a good idea defenselessness truly is.

Old Bench Loader

Bravo !

Robert Mowery

I think a man should protect his family and hard earned possessions at any cost .the liberals that now run our country want to disarm the honest hard working middle-class of this country . The reason will to be to make it easier for the “System Players” to redistribute the wealth by taking what they want from the unarmed middle working class. The middle class better soon wake up or they will become a victim even in their own castles. My whole family has concealed carry permits so don’t look for our names in the “Victims” list section of the… Read more »


I agree with you. I would also take a look at each state individually and see where they have laws that SHOULD be repealed.

ray hampton

well goodness but I hope that you win WIN limit the ny fuzz to only seven rounds really make sense if the officer are alone and in a gun fight with nine or ten gang members

John Edeen

How about the entire NJ gun control scheme which makes it illegal to posses a firearm unless you meet the government approved exceptions. Ask Shaneen Allen and Brian Aitken.

Frank Sladek

As a Teacher I especially detest the “gun free zone” idea for schools…we are soft targets. If they would let me, I’d volunteer to train and carry concealed in my schools & the kids would never know it unless I had to protect THEM. Paying police officers is one step, but they can’t be everywhere and they are obvious targets…but teachers are in every classroom…we are the natural protectors of our children. How ironic: I’m taking my dog to the Vet for his shots tomorrow & in that office, because I’m carrying, the animals have more protection than our precious… Read more »