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Old March 26, 2013, 11:21 PM   #25
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The Nation’s First Gun Ban

Georgia’s state legislature passed a law in 1837 that banned the sale of knives “used for offensive or defensive purposes” and all pistols except “horseman’s pistols.” Possession of those weapons was also prohibited, unless the weapons were worn in plain sight.

History did not well record the reasoning behind the legislature’s vote. What we do know is that the legislation stood as the law of the land in Georgia for eight years before the state’s supreme court declared it unconstitutional and voided it from the books.

The court ruled that the Second Amendment guaranteed “the right of the whole people, old and young, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not merely such as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in on, in the slightest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying of a well regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free state.”

The court went on to ask, since when does “any legislative body in the Union have the right to deny to its citizens the privilege of keeping and bearing arms in defense of themselves and their country.”
Don't know what you are looking at but I found several writeups on the 1837 law and this was the end result.

Freed slaves still weren't free to own guns though because in 1877 The Georgia state legislature passed their version of the 2nd amendment and freed slaves were still denied the right to own guns. Gun laws are racist in their origin and that includes the anti-gun laws passed in California when Ronald Reagan was governor. All of them inspired by Bobby Seales and the Black Panthers open display of guns at the capitol.

This is when the NRA got motivated to join in the pro-gun side and fight the anti-gun laws. Besides disarming blacks they would disarm the rest of us too and suddenly the abuses of the state and federal agencies became a big deal to conservatives. There is more to it than that but the point is gun control legislation has been with us for 200 years and it's base is racism.
Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern will, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
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