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Alan Korwin

Saturday, November 1st, 1997

Alan Korwin of Arizona is the designated recipient of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award for November.

In nominating Korwin for the Award, John Michael Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, said that “Alan, by producing a number of books on gun laws in the United States, has been able to boil down a lot of legal hodge podge so that the average gun owner may have some idea of his or her obligations under the multiplicity of laws, regulations and court decisions regarding firearms acquisition, possession, use and disposition.

“Alan also is an outspoken and articulate defender of the right to keep and bear arms.

“He certainly is most deserving of this CCRKBA Award.”

Korwin, who spoke this past September at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Denver, Colorado, is a professional writer and management consultant with over two decades of experience in business, news and promotional communication. He is founder and two term Past President of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, on the national publicity committee of the Society for Technical Communication, and a former board member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Valley of the Sun Chapter.

Alan is the author of the books GUN LAWS OF AMERICA and THE ARIZONA GUN OWNER’S GUIDE.

Additionally, he is the co-author of THE TEXAS GUN OWNER’S GUIDE, THE VIRGINIA GUN OWNER’S GUIDE, and THE FLORIDA GUN OWNER’S GUIDE.

“Obviously some gun use is blatantly criminal and despicable,” he writes in GUN LAWS OF AMERICA, published by Bloomfield Press in 1995, but then points out that “other applications are noble, appeal to the highest ideals our society holds, and are enshrined in and ensured by the statutes on the books:

– Protecting your family in emergencies.

– Personal self-defense.

– Preventing crimes.

– Detaining criminals for arrest.

– Guarding our national borders.

– Preserving our interests abroad.

– Helping defend our allies.

– Overcoming tyranny.

– Emergency preparedness.

– Obtaining food by hunting.

– Historical preservation.

– Olympic competition.

– Sporting pursuits.

– Target practice.

– Recreational shooting.”

Korwin writes that “using a gun to rob a store ought to be illegal. Who in the firearms debate disagrees with that? That’s true gun control, and that makes sense. When laws attempt to restrict what law-abiding citizens can and cannot do, in the name of gun control, and especially if there’s no effect on criminals, ah, there’s the rub.

“People have come to realize that attempting to disarm the American public is not gun control, it’s disarming the American public. Gun control means keeping the guns out of the hands of the bad guys. This is good public policy. Rational people agree it’s desirable. It deserves and earns the broadest support.

“Unfortunately, because the term gun control has been so perverted it can barely be applied to its noble cause – controlling the truly criminal use of firearms. America needs better gun control – more criminals must be disarmed. Disarming honest citizens does not accomplish that. Need this even be said?

“Favoring gun control yet staunchly resisting the gradualism of citizen disarmament is a coherent position. It is Orwellian to call citizen control crime control. The big question for America, perhaps, is can gradualism do what a century of Communism could not – dismember the greatest system for human government yet devised.”

Alan hails originally from New York City, where his clients included IBM, AT&T, NYNEX and others. In 1986, “finally married,” he states, he “moved to the Valley of the Sun. It was a joyful and successful move.”