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FBI To Levy Tax By End Of Year

Only 20 States Exempted  $13–$16 Applies to
Retail Gun Sales

Under the general banner of crime reduction, and citing the Brady law for its authority, the FBI plans to tax the retail sale of handguns and long guns, starting Nov. 30, if their new computer systems are ready in time. The proposed tax could generate $1 million per week nationally, based on the bureau's estimates. Detailed information is included in a report just issued by Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press, a book publisher specializing in gun law [Ed.: Summary of Findings on request and website].

Perhaps more significant than a surprising new tax from the Justice Department—without any apparent Congressional approval—is the FBI's announced plans to record complete identifying information on every person who purchases a firearm from a licensed dealer. Any regulation that requires such recording has been prohibited under the McClure-Volkmer Act since 1986. Neither the tax nor the gun-buyer registration scheme appear to be legal, according to Alan Korwin, co-author of The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide. Korwin has written seven books on gun law. His Virginia guide contains the state's gun laws word-for-word and in plain English.

The federal registration and tax plan are being rolled out under the guise of the National Instant Check System, required when Part 1 of the Brady law expires this year. Under Brady Part 2, all retail handgun and long gun sales will have to run through the system, which the FBI has based at its Clarksburg, W. Va., data center. They are hiring 500 people to handle the anticipated load.

The FBI intends to waive the tax for any state that sets up an FBI-approved central firearms clearance center. Virginia's long-standing instant check system has been approved, placing its state police under a degree of FBI control. In other states, each dealer will have to ŅenrollÓ with the FBI to legally make a sale, and pay the tax on every purchase. The Bureau will accept credit cards or will arrange to bill dealers, and those who don't pay (or are real late on the invoice) will be literally out of business. Several authorities have indicated that they expect enough clamor from the taxed dealers to compel their states to comply. When 100 Arizona dealers were told at a government meeting in June, that they would not be taxed, they cheered, apparently oblivious to the implications of federalizing their local police.


  TO: State and City News Desk Editors 

Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 26, 1998 / Bloomfield Press 
The book that answers the question "When can you shoot to kill?" has gone into reprint after unprecedented demand, according to its Phoenix-based publisher, Bloomfield Press. The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide provides the sometimes controversial answers to questions about legal gun ownership, possession and use, based on the laws of the commonwealth. 

"Virginia is one of the few states that lacks statutes on the use of deadly force," says publisher Alan Korwin. "This created interest beyond any we've seen in other states where we publish gun-owner guides." Virginia relies on common law and court precedent when dealing with legitimate self-defense or criminal shootings, and these are used in the chapter on justifiable homicide. The book compiles and describes all of Virginia's rules for gun use and has been widely endorsed by gun-safety advocates, according to the publisher. In addition to state gun law books, Bloomfield publishes the unabridged edition of federal gun law, Gun Laws of America
The company has issued a plain-English update detailing the gun-law changes enacted in the 1997 state legislature. Although these received little public notice, the update fills four pages, and is available free on request—the company may be reached at 1-800-707-4020 or at Copies of the update accompany the few remaining copies of the "historic" first edition, while the second edition is being printed. Bloomfield considers its first edition a landmark because it represents the first time Virginia's gun laws have been compiled and distributed to the public. Half of all homes in the commonwealth contain at least one gun, according to the FBI.  ### 

Contact: Alan Korwin, Bloomfield Press, 602-996-4020 (Phoenix); Korwin is a nationally recognized expert on gun law, available for interview; Media review copies of The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide are available on request.

Highlights of new Virginia gun laws include: 1–Tax limitation for handgun permit applicants; 2–Chesapeake and other restrictive localities barred from abusive prosecution practices; 3–Recognition of other states' concealed-carry permits ("reciprocity") enacted; more, see website for details. Coming soon—Supreme Court Gun Cases, Unabridged. 

TO: State and City News Desk Editors 
When exactly can you legally shoot an intruder? 

For the first time, a complete set of Virginia gun laws, including the new right-to-carry law, is being released for public use [Note: Early 1997]. The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide is a legal landmark—residents can now hold all the gun laws in one hand. Written by noted firearms legal expert Alan Korwin and competitive shooter and writer Steve Maniscalco, The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide contains word-for-word text of the gun laws, accompanied by easy to understand descriptions. Release is set for this fall. 

"For too long, Virginians have relied on rumor and hearsay—instead of solid information—when exercising the right to bear arms," Korwin commented in a recent interview. "We expect this book to find its way onto the desks of both pro-gun and gun-control advocates alike." Co-author Maniscalco agreed, adding, "The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide provides a new framework for the entire firearms debate—plain English." 

In addition to demystifying state gun laws, the book also provides clear descriptions of the federal laws for gun ownership and use. The authors cover the subjects of self-defense and the use of deadly force, and have included lethal encounter scenarios, material on child and adult safety, 150 self-test questions, rules for hunters, a thorough prohibited-places list and more. Basically, if it involves firearms in Virginia it was included in this new book. 
The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide will be available in bookstores and gun shops statewide at $14.95. The publisher, however, is offering pre-publication sales at $10 (which also covers your $3 shipping charge). Copies for police department and news media review are free on request. For info or to fire up a copy, call 1-800-707-4020.  




The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide


Bloomfield Press, Phoenix, Ariz. 


Alan Korwin and Steve Maniscalco


Trade paperback (8-1/2 x 5-1/2) 






$14.95 retail; 
$8.97 each at wholesale (minimum order 12, call for details). Visa and MasterCard OK. 


1-800-707-4020 • NOTE: Review copies for media and police are free on request 

Author's direct line:

Korwin: 602-996-4020; Maniscalco: 602-581-6373

About the contents:

Eight chapters describe everything about Virginia gun law in plain English—the right to bear arms, the new Right-to-Carry law and qualification process, deadly force and self-defense, prohibited weapons, the land of Virginia (where you can go shooting), hunting laws, federal laws, and a large safety section. License applicants can gauge their own qualifications with more than 150 thought-provoking questions. A special summary section of local laws provides insight into the bewildering array of rules that can exist within blocks of each other. Four appendices contain all the laws verbatim, a glossary of terms, "crime and punishment" chart, and contacts for authorities all over the state. 

About the company:

We're a classic small press with six titles under our belts: The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide, The California Gun Owner's Guide, Gun Laws of America (unabridged edition of federal gun law), The Texas Gun Owner's Guide, The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide, and Wickenburg—The ultimate guide to the ultimate western town. Call for our free listing of books on personal safety, self defense, crime avoidance and the Second Amendment. Coming soon: The Florida Gun Owner's Guide and Supreme Court Gun Cases, unabridged. 

About the author:

Alan Korwin owns Bloomfield Press with his wife, Cheryl, and has been a full-time free-lance writer for more than 20 years. His clients range from the corporate giants to mom-and-pop operations. In addition to writing he does professional training in executive telephone skills, writing for publication, Instant Expertise—how to find out practically anything fast, and more. The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide is his sixth book. 

Steve Maniscalco has been writing professionally for seven years, in civilian service to the U.S. Navy and Air Force. He is an active competitive shooter, having participated in hundreds of matches. Steve went full-time as a free-lance writer in 1996, and designs commercial web sites on the Internet. This is his first book.



Contrary to popular belief, the "gun laws" are not found in any one place; in fact, they are not even called gun laws. You must be able to locate legal codes like "§18.2-288 Definitions," "Courts Not Of Record" and noise ordinances, to find the gun laws. There are 17 separate titles of Virginia law that contain gun laws (see chart), as well as county and city ordinances.     

Virginia Gun Laws Are Mixed Into These 17 "Titles" of State Law:
Alcoholic Beverage Control Code, Title 4.1
Commissions, Boards and Institutions Generally, Title 9
Counties, Cities and Towns, Title 15.1
Courts Not of Record, Title 16.1
Courts of Record, Title 17
Crimes and Offenses Generally, Title 18.2
Criminal Procedure, Title 19.2
Education, Title 22.1
Game, Inland Fisheries and Boating, Title 29.1
Institutions for the Mentally Ill, Title 37.1
Military and Emergency Laws, Title 44
Motor Vehicles, Title 46
Police (State), Title 52
Prisons and Other Methods of Correction; Title 53.1
Professions and Occupations, Title 54.1
Property and Conveyances, Title 55
Trade and Commerce, Title 59.1


"If more gun owners knew the laws about self defense and gun ownership, accidents would drop, unintentional violations would drop, and I believe crime would drop too," says Alan Korwin, co-author of The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide

Modeled after successful gun owner guides in Arizona and Texas, The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide contains all of Virginia's gun laws word-for-word, and then describes everything in plain English. "Gun owners are eager for this sort of information," says co-author Steve Maniscalco, "the honest ones want to be in compliance. They're tired of wondering if they're ‘legal' or not. Until now there's been no practical way to find out, short of getting arrested for an innocent mistake." An innocent mistake can cost a person the right to bear arms (and all other civil rights, such as voting) for life. 

According to the publisher, Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press, many of the state's gun laws are good, promote fair and responsible behavior, and outlaw criminal activity. Other laws, they say, are probably in need of change. Co-author Maniscalco agreed, adding, "The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide provides a new framework for the entire firearms debate—plain English." 




  These authors co-wrote   The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide— What a resource! PRECISION INFORMATION ON VIRGINIA'S GUN LAWS Features Fact checking Background Color —Talk That Lights Up A Switchboard!—  
A voice of reason • A fountain of information 


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