Students of gun control will know that the Sullivan Act was the beginning of the end for New Yorkers’ gun rights. “The Sullivan Act required licenses for New Yorkers to possess firearms small enough to be concealed,” wikipedia.org reveals. “Possession of such firearms without a license was a misdemeanor, and carrying them was a felony. Named for its primary legislative sponsor, state senator Timothy Sullivan, a notoriously corrupt Tammany Hall politician.” Who hated immigrants. Surprised? Anyway, that was 1911. By 1946 the city’s anti-gun stance was set in stone. According to brooklynvisualheritage.org, this is the original caption to the post-war picture above . . .
“Safe, sound trophies–Thomas J. Doyle, investigator in charge of Alcohol Tax Unit for Eastern District, looks over some erstwhile lethal weapons collected in unit’s current drive to render GI souvenir guns harmless.”
I wonder how they got ahold of those “souvenirs.” Probably the same way they still get ahold of “illegal” guns held by Americans exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms: threats, subterfuge and intimidation. [h/t DD]