"Definitive." --Tom Patterson, Chairman, The Goldwater Institute
About the Author
Alan Korwin, author of three books and co-author of eight others, is a full-time freelance writer, consultant and businessman with a twenty-five-year track record. He is a founder and two-term past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, which has presented him with its Visionary Leadership award, named in his honor, the Korwin Award. He has received national awards for his publicity work as a member of the Society for Technical Communication, and is a past board member of the Arizona chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Mr. Korwin wrote the business plan that raised $5 million in venture capital and launched the in-flight catalog SkyMall; he did the publicity for Pulitzer Prize cartoonist Steve Benson's fourth book; working with American Express, he wrote the strategic plan that defined their worldwide telecommunications strategy for the 1990s; and he had a hand in developing ASPED, Arizona's economic strategic plan. Korwin's writing appears nationally regularly.
Korwin turned his first book, The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide, into a self-published best-seller, now in its 23rd edition. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, which has grown into the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the country. It is built around eight books he has completed on the subject, including the unabridged federal guide, Gun Laws of America, an expanding line of related items, and countless radio and TV appearances. His 12th book, on the rapidly growing limits to free speech, is underway.
Alan Korwin is originally from New York City, where his clients included IBM, AT&T, NYNEX and others, many with real names. He is a pretty good guitarist and singer, with a penchant for parody (his current band is The Cartridge Family). In 1986, finally married, he moved to the Valley of the Sun. It was a joyful and successful move.
David B. Kopel is Research Director of the Independence Institute, a public policy research organization in Golden, Colorado. He is also an Associate Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute, in Washington, D.C. Kopel is the author of over five dozen articles in law reviews and other scholarly journals, and of 10 books. He is co-author of the only university textbook on firearms policy, Gun Control and Gun Rights (NYU Press, 2002). In the Heller case, Kopel authored an amicus brief for the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA) and a large coalition of law enforcement organizations and district attorneys. The brief was cited four times in the Court's opinions. At the Supreme Court, Kopel was one of three lawyers who joined Alan Gura at the counsel table on March 18, 2008, to assist him in the presentation of the oral argument in the Heller case.
Among Kopel's many books on firearms law and policy: No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement, and How to Fix It (with Paul Blackman), which won the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties; Guns: Who Should Have Them? ; and The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? which was named Book of the Year by the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology.