The Real Story of Nazi Gun Regulation
For all of you out there who like to bring up the Nazi gun registration, photos of Hitler proclaiming that “1935 shall go down in history” and how the Nazis created gun control laws that allowed them to disarm the populace, you are all wrong.
It’s more insidious than that.
The gun registration laws were created to comply with the Treaty of Versailles, the treaty that ended World War I.
in 1919, the Weimar Republic passed the Regulations on Weapons Ownership, which took all weapons and ammunition away from the citizens.
In 1920, they expanded that law to include all military style weapons.
in 1928, they finally relaxed the law a little bit with the Law on Firearms and Ammunition, but made it so that you needed separate permits to own or sell firearms, carry firearms (including handguns), manufacture firearms, and professionally deal in firearms and ammunition.
The intent was to restrict access to firearms by the Nazis and the Communists. Once the Nazis seized power, they used the existing laws to disarm their opponents.
The Nazis built upon that, with the 1938 German Weapons Act: “…persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a (gun) permit.”
Do we hear that in the debate today? Why do you need a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds?”
In this act, Jews were also forbidden to manufacture or deal firearms. A few months later, the Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons, which ended the Jews rights to own firearms.
So, the laws that actually allowed the Nazis to grab the guns were put into place by a Democratic government (having replaced the previous monarchy), as the result of other foreign nations forcing them to take arms away from the citizens. Not the League of Nations (yet), but a league of nations.
So, it may not be the government you have that are becoming tyrants, but they may open the door for the tyrants to move in……