Amendment VI The "House" Rule
Proposed: January 11, 1998 Ratified: January 12, 1998
The Owner of the vehicle decides which Shotgun Amendments to institute on his own car. All passengers must abide by the rules of these Amendments, which are stated in this constitution. However, the original three Sections of the constitution must always be used, and may never be amended.
Amendment VII The Eviction Amendment
Proposed: January 21, 1998 Ratifed: January 22, 1998
If the vehicle is forced to stop for a serious infraction of the Shotgunner, the Shotgunner must relinquish his/her seat, if the driver so wishes. Serious infractions have been known to include spilling alcoholic beverages, spilling any beverage, being annoying, breaking parts of the car and in extreme cases, just being ugly.
Amendment VIII The Reserve Shotgun Amendment
Proposed: January 21, 1998 Ratified: January 22, 1998
After Shotgun has been called, a second person may call Shotgun, which entitles him/her to the window seat in the back with the more leg room, unless the vehicle is equipped with bench front seats, wherupon he/she gets the seat of his/her choice.
Amendment IX Rider to the Navigator Clause
Proposed: January 26, 1998 Ratified: January, 27, 1998
The passenger who has shotgun MUST serve as Navigator. By this, he must watch out for signs and intersections that the driver may miss during the course of a road trip. The Navigator must also ask for directions out the window.
It is also the resposibility of the passenger who has shotgun to take control of the radio and air conditioning, however the driver has final say over the settings. The other occupants of the car can also have an opinion. If the passenger with shotgun is caught forgetting their duties and makes the car listen to comercials and/or bad music than his priviledge can be lost. Of course this is in all good judgement of the driver. As Navigator, the driver may also ask him to operate other devices such as the windshield wipers, and rear window defroster.
Amendment X The First Blood Amendment
Proposed: February 21, 1998 Ratified: February 26, 1998
This rule from the mid-west states that whoever draws blood (supposedly when the bastard rules are in effect) gets shoved in the back of the hatchback (or trunk) with the spare tire.
Amendment XI The Austrailian Shotgun Rule
Proposed: February 24, 1998 Ratified: February 26, 1998
In australia if two people tie for shotgun, then the first person to put their thumb on their head is awrded shotgun. If they both do this at the same time also then an immediate pissbolt (race) to the car is required. (Thought you might find this interesting, dear reader).
Amendment XII The Five Minute Rule
Proposed: March 1, 1998 Raified: March 1, 1998
This rule, which originated in Massachusetts, states that in the event that the passenger riding shotgun leaves the car (ie: to get something from his house of a convenient store) is allowed 5 minutes in which to return and still retain his shotgun privilige. If he does not return within the time frame aloted, another passenger may take his place.
There are other variations to this rule such as the "Two Hour Rule," but these usully result in the shotgunner geting beaten up by the other passengers.
Amendment XIII The Awning Rule
Proposed: March 4, 1998 by Supreme Court Ratified: March 5, 1998
One all passengers have exited through the final doorway on the way to the car, (provided the car is in view) are considered outside and may call shotgun no matter what covering is overhead. This rule applies to all awnings, covered decks and all outdoor shelters.
Amendment XIV The Bribery Amendment
Proposed: April 7, 1998 Ratified: April 19, 1998
In the event that the shotgun call ends up in a tie between two passengers, the passengers in the tie may attempt to bribe the driver so that the driver makes the call in their favor. This rule is nul and void, however if the drvier institutes the Bastard Rules. Examples of bribes are money, food and soda.
Amendment XV The Recall Rule
Proposed: April 16, 1998 Ratified: April 19, 1998
This rule from Southern Mississippi states that once a passenger has called shotgun, another passenger may call "Recall Shotgun," thereby overriding the shotgun call and claiming shotgun for themselves. In order for this not to happen the first passenger must call "Shotgun, No Recall." This rule is similar to the "No Blitz" call.
Amendment XVI The Broken Seat Amendment
Proposed: April 16, 1998 by Supreme Court Ratified: April 19, 1998
In the event that the front passenger seat in the car is extreamely uncomfortable, ie: has a big hole in it, the passenger who called shotgun must sit in that seat. The other passenger may ridicule him as they wish.
Amendment XVII The Smoking Amendment
Proposed: June 11 and 17, 1998 Ratified: July 8, 1998
Article I: In the event that smoking is allowed in said vehicle, smoking passengers are given consideration over non-smokers in order that they may utilize either the window or ashtray.
Article II: In the event that there is more than one smoking passenger, the passenger that has already lit-up has Shotgun priveledge over those who are not already engaged in the act of smoking.
Article III: In the event that more than one smoker is already smoking while on the way to the vehicle, the driver may enforce The Bastard Rules or First Blood Rule. This howeve, is not recommended do to the high rist factor to the vehicle in question. As stated in Section I Article 4 of the Constitution, the driver has all final say in disputes between passengers.
Amendment XVIII The Main Passenger Rule
Proposed: June 26, 1998 by Supreme Court Ratified: July 8, 1998
If there is a passenger who is "just along for the ride," then he or she must sit in the back seat because the ride is not for them.
Amendment XIX The Full View Amendment
Proposed: July 6, 1998 Ratified: July 10, 1998
The automobile must be in full view of all passengers before "Shotgun" may be called.
Amendment XX The Second Call Amendment
Proposed: July 13, 1998 Ratified: July 14, 1998
This rule from Delaware states that if a given passenger calls a valid "shotgun", then he or she may not say "shotgun" again. By calling "shotgun" a second time, he or she would automatically forfeit their seat and shotgun is reopened to the other passengers.
Other passengers are allowed to try to trick the person who originally says "shotgun" into saying it again, in order to claim shotgun for themselves.