originally appeared on Kim Weissman's
Congress Action Newsletter
Author Stephen P. Halbrook, in
In 1928, Germany enacted its Gesetz uber Schusswaffen und Munition (Law on Firearms and Ammunition), which required firearms and ammunition acquisition permits and record keeping for all transactions. Through this legislation, the police acquired knowledge of all firearm owners, which was used to the Nazis’ advantage when they took power in 1933. The Nazi Waffengesetz (Weapons Law) of 1938, signed by Adolph Hitler, built upon the previous registration systems and strictly regulated handguns. The Nazi law provided in part:
(1) Licenses to obtain or to carry firearms shall only be issued to
persons whose reliability is not in doubt, and only after proving a need
Excluded from the license requirement were members of the armed forces, the police, the SS, the SA, and leaders of the Nazi party. Legislation also provided that unpopular persons were to be disarmed:
(1) In individual cases a person who has acted in an inimical manner
toward the state, or it is to be feared that he will endanger the public
security, may be prohibited to obtain, possess, and carry firearms and
ammunition, as well as weapons for cutting or stabbing.
The Nazis also promulgated extensive regulations governing the manufacture, sale, and ownership of firearms. One such regulation was the Verordnung gegen der Waffenbesitz der Juden (Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons).
Not surprisingly, this regulation was promulgated on November 11, 1938, the day after the anti-Jewish pogrom Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass). Section 1 of the regulation provided that:
Jews ... are prohibited from acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.
Ultimately, the gun control law was enforced against not only Jews, but also against any politically suspect person.
By having access to the names of firearms owners through the registration lists and hunting license records, the Nazis were obviously aware of any potential resistance. Worst of all, the Nazis did not just confiscate firearms; firearms owners disappeared in the night, never to be heard from again.
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