Interesting tidbits about the history of gun control
by Steven Haninger - 2/2/13 6:03 AM
While recalling the legal fight regarding "Saturday Night Special" handguns many years ago, I found this. It's a wiki so I offer it without claiming it to be authoritative.
From the article:
"The Army and Navy law prohibited the sale of "belt or pocket pistols, or revolvers, or any other kind of pistols, except army or navy pistols," which were prohibitively expensive for black freedmen and poor whites to purchase."
This would mean that, at one time, only military grade weapons could be made available for purchase. Interesting how that today's effort is to ban them.
As for the "Saturday Night Specials", these were the cheaply made guns thought to be most available for use by criminals. The idea of banning them was, as I recall, to take guns out of the hands of bad guys. Well, the bad guys use Glocks now. Purpose served?