Dr. Paul Gallant
received his Bachelor of Science from Brooklyn College, City University of New
York, with a major in Chemistry. He then earned an M.A. in Chemistry from
Brooklyn College. He received a Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.) from the
State University of New York, College of Optometry, in 1976. Between 1978 and
2009, Paul has been engaged in the private practice of optometry in Rockland
County, New York. He relocated to Long Island in the summer of 2009, where he
resumed his practice.
Dr. Joanne D.
Eisen received her B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, in
Chemistry/Biology. She earned her D.D.S. degree from New York University
in 1966. Since 1966, Joanne has been engaged full-time in the private practice
of dentistry in Old Bethpage, New York.
Paul and Joanne
met in 1994 and shortly thereafter, they began co-authoring newspaper and
magazine articles on firearms policy. Among their early research was one of the
first anonymous gun-owner surveys, designed to measure the true social and
political attitudes of gun-owners. Joanne and Paul became affiliated with
the Independence Institute, Golden, CO, in 2000 where they are Senior Fellows.
In recent years, Paul and Joanne have often co-authored articles with David B.
Kopel, the Research Director of the Independence Institute, and more recently
with Alan Chwick.
The topics of
their writing include biographical essays of persons such as First Lady Eleanor
Roosevelt, Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, and painter Leonardo da Vinci,
as well as analyses of various social and political issues.
The leading topic
of their research, however, is analysis of the social and political effects of
firearms and of firearms laws around the world. Among the countries Paul and
Joanne have written about are Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bougainville, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, DR Congo, Croatia, East
Timor, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya,
Macedonia, Mali, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, the
Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands, South Africa, the Sudan,
Tajikistan, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
have appeared in the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Texas Review of Law &
Politics, UMKC Law Review, Engage, Notre Dame Law Review, Journal of Law,
Economics & Policy, Jindal Global Law Review, Journal of Firearms &
Public Policy, National Review Online, Tech Central Station, Reason Online, The
Blue Press, and Chronicles. They are contributors to the award-winning academic
encyclopedia, Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics,
Culture, and the Law (2002, the American Library Association Booklist Editors
choice 03, with updated entries to the 2010 Encyclopedia 2nd edition
revision), and to The Day that Changed Everything: The Impact of 9/11 and the
New Legal Landscape (2009, Palgrave McMillan Publ., Matthew Morgan, ed.).
primary focus of international research is the prevention of genocide, and of
human rights abuse. Doctors Gallant & Eisen are members of the
International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Mr. Alan J.
Chwick, received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany, in
Business Administration and Data Processing, plus an A.S. from Nassau Community
College, in Accounting. Alan has been engaged full-time, since 1975, in the
private sector as an Independent IT & Facilities Consultant in Freeport,
New York (The
Complete Machine, Inc.). He is currently the Managing Coach of the
Freeport Junior Club (FJC), at the
Freeport NY Revolver & Rifle Association.
Additionally, he has been involved with firearms much of his life, and is
active in the Second Amendment, of the U.S. Bill of Rights, political arena in
Nassau County and the State of New York. He is responsible, with the aid of
a knowledgeable lawyer, Mr. Robert Firriolo, for changing the face of
Preemption, for NYS Penal Code 400, in NYS with his case win against Nassau
County (Citation: Chwick v. Mulvey, 81 A.D.3d 161, 915 N.Y.S.2d 578 (2nd Dept.
2010)), and was a strong element in the changing of NYS PL 265.20.7e,
permitting 14-20 year olds to handle a firearm. At the FJC, Alan, with the help
of Mr. Edward Botsch, Coach, and an excellent staff of Range Officers, teach
and promote firearm safety and use, plus general competitive shooting and good
sportsmanship training to youths aged 5-21.