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What would happen should groups of black citizens do as whites and march with firearms in public to display their own 2nd Amendment rights as citizens of America?

#1 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

Many gun control laws only got written after groups like the Black Panthers started openly carrying rifles in black areas

It is hard to believe that the NRA was committed to gun-control laws for most of the 20th century -- helping to write most of the federal laws restricting gun use until the 1980s.

"Historically, the leadership of the NRA was more open-minded about gun control than someone familiar with the modern NRA might imagine,""The Second Amendment was not nearly as central to the NRA's identity for most of the organization's history."

The nation's white political elite feared that violence was too prevalent and there were too many people -- especially urban Black nationalists -- with access to guns. In May 1967, two dozen Black Panther Party members walked into the California Statehouse carrying rifles to protest a gun-control bill, prompting then-Gov. Ronald Reagan to comment, "There's no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons."

The Gun Control Act of 1968 reauthorized and deepened the FDR-era gun control laws. It added a minimum age for gun buyers, required guns have serial numbers and expanded people barred from owning guns from felons to include the mentally ill and drug addicts. Only federally licensed dealers and collectors could ship guns over state lines. People buying certain kinds of bullets had to show I.D. But the most stringent proposals -- a national registry of all guns (which some states had in colonial times) and mandatory licenses for all gun carriers -- were not in it. The NRA blocked these measures. Orth told America Riflemen magazine that while part of the law "appears unduly restrictive, the measure as a whole appears to be one that the sportsmen of America can live with."

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