How New York Became a Nexus of Second Amendment Infringement

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After the American Revolutionary War, New York legislators didn’t include gun rights in their state constitution. They considered firearms freedom too obvious to include. And any legal protection redundant, thanks to the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. And so it was — until 1911. That’s when the Empire State legislature passed the infamous Sullivan Act to protect organized crime from armed citizens . . .

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Battle of Gate Pā Replica Maori Shotguns for Sale

“To mark the 152nd commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pā exact replicas of the shotguns used by Maori warriors will be available for history fanatics and gun enthusiasts to own,” reports. “The Pukehinahina Charitable Trust has decided to sell its collection of 20 handcrafted tupara, or double-barrel shotguns, which were manufactured in Italy and assembled in New Zealand.” With “carvings on the butt” from Thailand. Kidding. As for the battle itself, the Brits got their you-know-whats handed to them.

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The Untold History of the Maxim Silencer

How could this be the “untold history” of the Maxim Silencer when someone’s telling it? I know: previously untold. But once anyone watches the video, that’s it. Told ya! In fact, this brace of AAC employees told this untold history some five years ago. (Does untold ever get old?) The most amazing bit: Maxim sent the silencer through the mail. Would that we had such “easy access” to guns and silencers. These days, Hell would be cold.


Demorest, GA City Council Restores Employees’ Right to Bear Arms

Employees Concealed Firearms Demorest GA

Earlier this month, the Demorest, Georgia city council voted to restore the right to bear arms to city employees. “Demorest officials say they have passed a groundbreaking personnel policy amendment believed to be the first of its kind in Georgia,” reports. “The city council voted unanimously to amend the city’s personnel policy to allow city employees with a valid concealed carry permit to carry their weapons during the workday.” The restoration of gun rights to public employees may be a first for a Georgia city, but it’s a growing trend in the United States. As reported, on January 26th, Bedford County in Virginia enacted a very similar policy. As the right to keep and bear arms is being restored across the United States . . .

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Christie’s Hammers Simón Bolivar’s Pistols for $1.8m

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“These intricately decorated, the pistols were made by Nicolas-Noël Boutet, the gunsmith to Napoleon,” Christie’s Specialist Becky McGuire reveals. “In 1825, [Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de] Lafayette presented the pistols he had brought with him to another revolutionary: Simón Bolívar, who had dedicated his life to liberating six South American countries . . . These are treasures of a kind that we see really rarely. These men shared a real zeal and a commitment to their ideals, which changed the world forever; these pistols are an embodiment of that.” Uh, OK. Actually, that was more than OK for an unnamed collector . . .

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JR’s Gun [Content Contest]

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By Steve Wilson

We like to describe our guns as tools as implements to complete a job. This is true at face value. However for many of us, shooting runs in the family whether it be competition, hunting or the military. We’ve inherited a gun or two that may have been just another mundane tool to an ancestor, but has become a tangible (and audible) link to our ancestors for us. Most of us can’t help but attach a little emotion to these guns. After 27 long years, I’ve finally gotten that gun, and a little emotional . . .

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Texas Firearms Engraver Otto Carter Completes Aesthetic-Style Cabot 1911 TTAG Project Gun

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The art of engraving dates back to the dawn of human history. Archeologists have unearthed engraved stones from the Serengeti Plains of Africa carved some 500,000 years ago. Since that time, as civilizations rose and fell, artisans have used “push engraving” (using a hand tool to carve out material) or “chase engraving” (using a hammer or other tool to strike the carving tool) to add value to objects, ranging from the sacred to the profane. Specifically, firearms . . .

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English Gun Law: a Colonial Import

Destruction of the Magazine at Delhi During the Indian Mutiny 1857-58

Gun control — restrictions on gun ownership — was not a common or popular phenomena in Europe until after the First World War. One of the most influential gun control laws was instituted in England and Wales in 1920. It has been the basis for a great deal of restrictions on the private ownership of firearms around the world, both in the Commonwealth countries and in Europe. These restrictions were not designed to protect the public from criminals. Rather, they were designed to protect the ruling class from revolution . . .
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Obscure Object of Desire: The Howdah Pistol

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Underneath our post Palm Beach Zoo Tiger Kills Keeper: It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use, TTAG commentators theorized what pistol they’d carry as a zookeeper working around tigers. A couple of clued-in pistoleros recommended the Howdah pistol, a firearm about which I knew nothing. So I surfed the web for the 411 on the Howdah, of which I’ll share with you. Let’s start with a particularly well-written entry at . . .

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Mormon Leader Brigham Young’s Colt Pistol for Sale

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Rock Island Auctions Press Release [via PRNewswire]

Direct descendants of early Mormon Church leader Brigham Young will place the patriarch’s personal Colt revolver up for sale as the flagship item at an Illinois firearms auction held at the end of this month. It is estimated to sell between $550,000 – $850,000. “This is an iconic piece of Americana,” says RIAC President Kevin Hogan. “Its direct ties to the settling of the West, and to the early Mormon Church are incredible. Frankly, we’re fortunate this piece isn’t already housed in a museum. It is an unrivaled opportunity to own a newly discovered national treasure.” Brigham Young . . .

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A [Very] Brief History of the AR-15

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Tom McHale writes [via]:

According to the news media, an AR 15 Rifle is any gun that someone uses in the act of doing something bad. What is an AR-15 really? Technically speaking, AR-15 is a brand name, like Kleenex or Xerox. And, just as with Kleenex and Xerox, the brand name has been hijacked by the general public to describe a whole class of things. Before we dive into the history of the modern AR 15 Rifle, we need to look the “AR” part. AR does not stand for Assault Rifle. Or Automatic Rearming. Or even Apoplectic Ruin. It is a product naming convention from the company that invented it, ArmaLite. In fact, there were a number of rifles with “AR” names, like the AR-1, AR-5, AR-7, AR-10, AR-16 and AR-17. Let’s do a quick review of AR15 Rifle history what got us from conception to where we are today . . .

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Oklahoma Senate Nears Vote on RKBA Reform Bill


Oklahoma Second Amendment supporters, particularly OK2A, have been pushing for a reform of the state constitution’s weak protection of the right to keep and bear arms. A bill currently under consideration has strong support, but has been bottled up in committees. The reform is needed because current Section II-26 has been ruled by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to offer little serious protection . . .

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