Ancillary Rules of Calling Shotgun in a Vehicle

New Rules

Because Shotgun is a living entity and is constantly evolving for the greater benefit of mankind, new rules need to be created regularly. Anyone is welcome to implement their own rule if the situation arises. New rules often need to be created following a major discrepancy. The important thing to remember about this process is [...]

2.17 No Digital Shotgun Calls

Shotgun may not be secured through any digital form, such as text message, email, Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Google Chat, IRC, AOL, or any other digital medium. You may not use any app to call shotgun. A shotgun caller must be present with the driver to call Shotgun. In cases where riders are picked up by [...]

2.16 Discrepancies

If a discrepancy occurs (and they commonly do) over who rightfully gets Shotgun, it shall be settled with a single game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. A common application of this procedure takes place after two people call Shotgun at the exact same time.

2.15 The Mule

If the current Shotgunner chooses to remain in the automobile while the other passengers accomplish a deed that takes a limited amount of time (less than 3 minutes), they may retain full rights to Shotgun. Often times not everyone needs to go inside when completing menial Deeds. Examples: Running to the ATM or dropping off a package. 2.15.1 [...]

2.14 Shotgun Dictatorship

The driver of the vehicle governed by Shotgun Rules may not negate a valid Shotgun call for any reason. History: Many times the Shotgun Council of Elders has been petitioned to institute a Shotgun Override rule, allowing the driver of the car to negate a valid Shotgun call. This would undermine the whole purpose of calling [...]

2.13 No Reload

No one can call "Reload", "Blitz" or "Laser" to reset a Shotgun call at any time. History: Some people include an undemocratic rule in their Shotgun calling practice whereby "Reload", "Blitz" or "Laser" can be called, at which point a free-for-all to obtain Shotgun is initiated. In this practice, whoever manages to gain control of the [...]

2.12 No Seatback

You cannot call "seatbacks" for any reason in an automobile governed by the Shotgun Rules. You mush fairly recall shotguns when the rules allow. Explanation: A popular residential variation of the Shotgun ritual is to call "Seatback" when getting up from a prized seat on a couch to go grab an ice-cold beer or to [...]

2.11 Shotgun Abandonment

If the Shotgunner exits the vehicle, Shotgun becomes available to the remaining passengers as soon as the existing Shotgun rider has opened the door to exit. Once Shotgun is available, you must call Shotgun before the other occupants. In this scenario, it is common for the other occupants to all call Shotgun at the time. If [...]

2.10 Convoys

In the situation where a group of people are traveling in multiple cars, you must specify which car you are calling Shotgun for. Example: if two drivers are named "Bob" and "Sue", then someone must say "Shotgun Bob" or "Shotgun Sue" depending on which car they would like to ride in. The Name of the [...]

2.9.1 Riding Bitch

Riding Bitch usually refers to an individual being forced to sit in the middle of the back seat or in between the two front seats in a two seat car.  If they don't call shotgun, the smallest person in the group will have to ride 'bitch'. This position in the vehicle can be enforced at any time [...]

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