IJMC - Shotgun Rules
Now all we need is someone to condense these a little, print them
properly, laminate them, and send me a batch or two. Do that, and you'll
reserve yourself a space in the IJMC hall of fame (don't worry Dave, your
space is still there, I'm just a little belated on finding server space...)
complete with picture, by-line, and a scanned image of your artwork. Any
takers? <grin> -dave
29-08473-1 The lawful act of calling Shotgun and procedures therein are
respected and followed.
The Basic Rules
1. In order to call Shotgun, the caller must pronounce the word "Shotgun"
in a clear voice. This call must be heard and acknowledged by the
driver or a passenger of the car. The other occupants of the vehicle
need not hear the call as long as the driver verifies the call.
2. Shotgun must be called within sight of said vehicle. No motion
towards the vehicle is neccesary. No one may call shotgun until they
have exited from the current building.
3. Shotgun has a 10 minute, 100 foot expiration period. This is for
times when one is travelling to an event outside. So someone who
exits the vehicle to run an errand need not worry about losing Shotgun.
As long at the errand is nearby and quick(i.e. running to the door to
summon a companion.)
4. One shall be considered eligable to call Shotgun one he/she is
1. In line of sight of said vehicle
2. Currently outside of any buildings, amusment parks, homes or
any other obtructioable entity
3. Within earshot of any passenger of said vehicle.
4. Of at least friend status with driver of said vehicle.
1. The driver has final say in all ties and disputes. The
driver has the right to suspend or remove all shotgun privileges from
one or more persons.
2. The driver reserves the Perminant Shotgun rule which is given to one
individual, only. This indivual can, upon losing a Shotgun battle may
choose to invoke the said rule and assume the power.
These special exceptions to the rules above should be considered in the
order presented; the case listed first will take precedence over any of the
cases beneath it, when applicable.
1. In the instance that the normal driver of a vehicle is drunk or
otherwise unable to perform their duties as driver, then he/she is
automatically given Shotgun.
2. If the instance that the person who actually owns the vehicle is not
driving, then he/she is automatically given Shotgun, unless they
3. In the instance the driver's spouse, lover, partner, or hired
prostitute for the evening is going to accompany the group, he/she is
automatically given Shotgun, unless they decline.
4. In the instance that one of the passengers may become so ill during
the course of the journey that the other occupants feel he/she will toss
their cookies, then the ill person should be given Shotgun to make
appropriate use of the window.
5. In the instance that one of the occupants is too wide or tall to fit
comfortably in the back seat, then the driver may show mercy and award
Shotgun to the genetic misfit. Alternatively, the driver and other
passengers may continually taunt the poor fellow as they make a three
hour trip with him crammed in the back.
6. In the event the Shotguner decides to play any of the following music
types: Rap, Country, R&B, Classical, Foreign, Hootie, Punk or Easy
listening for any more than 1 time(s), any of the passengers may call a
Shotgun violation and assume Shotgun at next opportunity.
7. In the event of ANY argument over Shotgun, the driver must
immediately settle said argument at once.
*The Survival of the Fittest Rules *
1. If the driver so wishes, he/she may institute the Survival of the
Fittest Rules on the process of calling Shotgun. In this case all
rules, excepting I-4, are suspended and the passenger seat is
occupied by whoever can take it by force.
2. The driver must announce the institution of the Survival of the
Fittest Rules with reasonable warning to all passengers.
This clause reduces the amount of blood lost by passengers and
the damage done to the vehicle.
Please follow the above rules to the best of your ability. If
there are any arguments or exceptions not covered in these rules,
please refer to rule I-4.