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VIP Law Details

Statement of Policy

 “Equal treatment under the law—a fundamental principle of The American Way and global justice—demands that anyone who acts in defense against an unprovoked violent attack must have strong and uniform legal protection in the aftermath. America lacks this at present. A coalition of civil-rights groups seeks to rectify these inequities.

 “The self-defense laws in the 50 states range from excellent for the protection of the innocent, to abysmal, encumbering any person who acts against an unjustifiable violent assault. What is needed is a set of National Model Self-Defense Laws, which aggregate the best laws from the states, and makes them available to all. This effort is underway.

 “Because police power is constitutionally reserved for the states, and specifically not a function of the federal government, the several states are free to make their own choices in this arena. Over time, this has led to a mashup of good, bad and ugly laws, with no one watching the big picture. Reasonable people are inclined to agree that equal crimes deserve equal punishment, even if they disagree on appropriate repercussions. The same must be true, if justice is to be served, on equal defense of the innocent.”

 Here then, the result of intense effort over a long period of time, are National Model Self-Defense Laws designed to provide robust protection to people who act against criminal assault, while encouraging swift and fair action against criminal perpetrators.

 Signed,

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, https://www.jpfo.org

The Arizona Citizens Defense League, https://www.azcdl.org

The Firearms Coalition

More pending -- Your state association belongs here, ask them to support National Model Self-Defense Laws, and get them in touch with me. Alan.

Working bill title:

Victim Innocence Protection act (VIP Act)

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