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California’s First Gun Control Law

This was hiding out in the far reaches of my tabs, but this article by Clayton Cramer in America’s First Freedom is well worth reading. The primary motive behind the new law was racism. The law was so poorly received it was repealed a few years later:

Less than six years after that editorial from The Daily Alta California in support of the conealed weapons ban, the same newspaper ran an editorial arguing that the law was both impossible to enforce and unconstitutional because it violated the Second Amendment …

But I thought the notion that the Second Amendment was a fundamental, individual right was invented by the NRA in the 1970s, and sold to the rest of us stupid, unthinking yokels who can barely read, let alone know history?

One Response to “California’s First Gun Control Law”

  1. Bitter says:

    Thanks to Clayton, I found that old California newspapers can be a great source of history and entertainment.

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