- Startling evidence suggests that the Gun Control Act
of 1968 was lifted, almost in its entirety, from Nazi legislation. We
must call for a full investigation, and the repeal of GCA '68 -- NOW.
- Are you tired of being told that gun control is a chronic
pain that you have to accept because there's no cure? Do you -- a law
abiding person -- want to be free: to own whichever firearms you want
to own, regardless of where in America you live; from waiting periods,
gun bans, magazine capacity restrictions, etc.; to spend your time on the
range or in the field, rather than fighting gun control?
- Are you tired of giving hard earned bucks to efforts
that have at best only slowed the gun grabbers' push toward firearms registration
and confiscation? If you have had enough of death by a thousand cuts,
you are ready to take action to wipe out gun control -- now.
- Members of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
(JPFO) consider gun control to be an aggressive cancer. JPFO has a cure,
a way to destroy gun control. JPFO has hard evidence that shows that the
Nazi Weapons Law (March 18, 1938) is the source of the U.S Gun Control
Act of 1968 (GCA '68). Adolph Hitler signed the Nazi Weapons Law. The Gestapo
(Nazi National Secret Police) enforced it. In 'Gun Control: Gateway to
Tyranny' we present the official German text of the Nazi Weapons Law and
a side-by-side translation into English. Even more deadly: a side-by-side,
section-by-section comparison of the GCA '68 with the Nazi Weapons Law.
If you have this in your hands, no one can tell you that you're imagining
- The clincher: JPFO knows who implanted into American
law cancerous ideas from the Nazi Weapons Law.
- The likely culprit is a former senator, now deceased.
We have documentary proof -- see below -- that he had the original text
of the Nazi Weapons Law in his possession 4 months before the bill that
became GCA '68 was signed into law.
- This former senator was a senior member of the U.S. team
that helped to prosecute Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945-46.
That is probably where he found out about the Nazi Weapons Law. He may
have gotten a copy of it then, or at a later date. We cannot imagine why
any U.S. lawmaker would own original texts of Nazi laws. To find out his
name, read on.
- With this hard evidence in your hands and in your head,
you can destroy cancerous gun control. You can challenge anyone who backs
gun control. You can show them the Nazi ideas, line by line.
- The parallels between the Nazi law and GCA '68 will leap
at you from the page. For example, law abiding firearm owners in Illinois,
Massachusetts and New Jersey must carry identification cards based on formats
from the Nazi Weapons Law. Nazi based laws have no place in America. Thousands
of Americans died or were wounded in the war to wipe out the Nazis. They
did not suffer or die so that Hitler's ideas could live on in America and
kill more Americans. Remember Killeen, Texas! The 23 who died in Luby's
Cafeteria there died because they obeyed Nazi inspired gun control laws.
The law forced them, unarmed, to face an armed madman.
- To destroy gun control before more law abiding Americans
are murdered by criminals or madmen helped by gun control, you need to
get hold of the evidence as presented in 'Gun Control; Gateway to Tyranny.'
You can then challenge the media, the most aggressive backers of gun control.
Ask media personalities in your city or town why they back Nazi based laws.
You can demand repeal of GCA '68 and the thousands of state and local laws
based on it. You can help to erase gun control, Hitler's last legacy.
- GCA '68 puts your life at risk right now. You have a
constitutional civil right to be armed in order to protect yourself, because
under U.S law the police have no duty to protect the average person:
- "There is no constitutional right to be protected
by the state (or Federal) against being murdered by criminals or madmen.
It is monstrous if the state fails to protect its residents against such
predators but it does not violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment, or, we suppose, any other provision of the Constitution. The
Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: it tells the state (gov't)
to let people alone; it does not require the federal government or the
state to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining
law and order"
- (Bowers v. DeVito, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit,
686F.2d 616 ).
- The Supreme Court last dealt with this issue in 1856;
the 1982 decision states the position in modern language. The laws of virtually
every state parallel federal law (see JPFO Special Report "Dial 911
and Die!" covered in 'Guns & Ammo', July 1992). This has been
so ever since the Constitution was adopted in 1791. As a result, the framers
of the Second Amendment deliberately created (guaranteed) an individual
civil right to be armed. It is your only reliable defense against criminals.
GCA '68 ties your hands and keeps you from carrying out your legal duty
to ensure your own self defense. GCA '68 thus undermines a pillar of U.S.
law and helps criminals to kill law abiding Americans. Hitler would be
- Thus, GCA '68 marked a new approach to gun control. It
replaced the Federal Firearms Act (June 30, 1938), which was based on
the federal power to regulate interstate commerce. The 1938 law required
firearms dealers to get a federal license (which then cost $1). Only dealers
could ship firearms across state lines. Ordinary people could receive
shipments from dealers.
- In GCA '68 the government required that in almost all
cases only dealers could send and receive firearms across state lines.
This ended "mail order" sales of firearms by law abiding persons
who are not licensed dealers. GCA '68 hits you even harder. Congress gave
federal bureaucrats in Washington D.C., the power to decide what kinds
of firearms you can own. The framers of GCA '68 borrowed an idea -- that
certain firearms are "hunting weapons" -- from the Nazi Weapons
Law (Section 21 and Section 32 of the Regulations, page 61 and page 73,
respectively, of 'Gun Control: Gateway to Tyranny'). The equivalent U.S.
term, "sporting purpose," was used to classify firearms. But
it was not defined anywhere in GCA '68. Thus, bureaucrats were empowered
to ban whole classes of firearms. They have, in fact, done so.
- We wanted to know the source of these new ideas. On reading
"Dial 911 and Die!" a JPFO member told us he had seen an article
-- by Alan Stang in 'Review of the News,' October 4, 1967 (pages 15-20)
-- the author of which felt that the Nazi Weapons Law was the model for
GCA '68. We found the article. But Stang did not reproduce the Nazi law,
so we could not check his conclusions.
- We started to hunt for the text of the Nazi Weapons Law.
We eventually found it, in the law library of an Ivy League university.
- Until 1943-44, the German government published its laws
and regulations in the 'Reichsgesetzblatt,' roughly the equivalent of the
U.S. Federal Register. Carefully shelved by law librarians, the 1938 issues
of this German government publication had gathered a lot of dust. In the
'Reichsgesetzblatt' issue for the week of March 21, 1938, was the official
text of the Weapons Law (March 18, 1938). It gave Hitler's Nazi party
a stranglehold on the Germans, many of whom did not support the Nazis.
We found that the Nazis did not invent gun control in Germany. The Nazis
inherited gun control and then perfected it: they invented handgun control.
- The Nazi Weapons Law of 1938 replaced a Law on Firearms
and Ammunition of April 13, 1928. The 1928 law was enacted by a center-right,
freely elected German government that wanted to curb "gang activity,"
violent street fights between Nazi party and Communist party thugs. All
firearm owners and their firearms had to be registered. Sound familiar?
Gun control did not save democracy in Germany. It helped to make sure
that the toughest criminals, the Nazis, prevailed.
- The Nazis inherited lists of firearm owners and their
firearms when they 'lawfully' took over in March 1933. The Nazis used these
inherited registration lists to seize privately held firearms from persons
who were not "reliable." Knowing exactly who owned which firearms,
the Nazis had only to revoke the annual ownership permits or decline to
- In 1938, five years after taking power, the Nazis enhanced
the 1928 law. The Nazi Weapons Law introduced handgun control. Firearms
ownership was restricted to Nazi party members and other "reliable"
- The 1938 Nazi law barred Jews from businesses involving
firearms. On November 10. 1938 -- one day after the Nazi party terror
squads (the SS) savaged thousands of Jews, synagogues and Jewish businesses
throughout Germany -- new regulations under the Weapons Law specifically
barred Jews from owning any weapons, even clubs or knives.
- Given the parallels between the Nazi Weapons Law and
the GCA '68, we concluded that the framers of the GCA '68 -- lacking any
basis in American law to sharply cut back the civil rights of law abiding
Americans -- drew on the Nazi Weapons Law of 1938.
- Finding the Nazi Weapons Law whetted our appetite. We
wanted to know who implanted this Nazi cancer in America. We began by probing
the backgrounds of lawmakers who championed gun control. We focused on
those whose bills became part of GCA '68. GCA '68 as enacted closely tracks
proposals dating to August 1963. We felt that if the culprit were a lawmaker
-- or a congressional staffer -- he or she would know Germany, German law
and possibly even speak German. He or she probably would have spent time
in Germany on business or during military service. Alternatively, if the
culprit were not a member of Congress or a staffer, there would be testimony
at the hearings to that effect.
- Most potential suspects were quickly eliminated; they
had no apparent ties to Germany. But one lawmaker caught our attention.
- An old "Who's Who" entry showed he had been
a senior member of the U.S. team that prosecuted German war criminals
at Nuremberg in 1945-46. Thus, he had lived in Germany just after the
Nazi period. His official duties required him to look at Nazi records,
including Nazi laws. In 1963 he led the effort to greatly expand the Federal
Firearms Act of 1938.
- We then got a break. We told a legal scholar of our findings.
He was intrigued. He sent us an extract from the record of hearings held
a few months prior to the enactment of GCA '68. At the end of June 1968,
the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to investigate Juvenile Delinquency
-- chaired by Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) -- held hearings on bills: (1) "To
Require the Registration of Firearms" (S.3604). (2) "To Disarm
Lawless Persons" (S.3634) and (3) "To Provide for the Establishment
of a National Firearms Registry" (S.3637), among others.
- U.S. Representative John Dingell (D-MI) testified at
these Senate hearings on gun control. Senator Joseph D. Tydings (D-MD)
chaired some of these hearings, in Dodd's absence.
- Rep. Dingell expressed concern that if firearms registration
were required, it might lead to confiscation of firearms, as had happened
in Nazi Germany. Tydings angrily accused Rep. Dingell of using "scare
- "Are you inferring that our system here, gun registration
or licensing, would in any way be comparable to the Nazi regime in Germany,
where they had a secret police, and a complete takeover?"
- Rep. Dingell backed away.
- (Hearings before the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile
Delinquency of the Committee on the Judiciary, 90th Congress, 2nd Session,
June 26, 27 and 28 and July 8, 9 and 10. 1968, pp. 479-80, 505-6 cited
as Subcommittee Hearings.)
- Tydings later inserted into the hearing record various
documents, "concerning the history of Nazism and gun confiscation."
- Exhibit No. 62 (see reproduction) is fascinating. This
letter -- dated July 12, 1968 -- is to Subcommittee Chairman Dodd from
Lewis C. Coffin, Law Librarian at the Library of Congress. Coffin wrote:
- " ... we are enclosing herewith a translation of
the Law on Weapons of March 18, 1938, prepared by Dr. William Solyom-Fekete
of [the European Law Division -- ed.] as well as the Xerox of the original
German text which you supplied" (Subcommittee Hearings, p. 489, emphasis
- This letter makes it public knowledge that at the end
of June 1968 -- 4 months before GCA '68 was enacted -- Senator Thomas J.
Dodd, now deceased, personally owned a copy of the original German text
of the Nazi Weapons Law.
- Why did Dodd own the original German text of any Nazi
law? Why did he make known that he owned it?
- The Library of Congress then had (and still has) the
'Reichsgesetzblatt' in its collection. The Library of Congress translator,
Dr. Solyom-Fekete, could easily have used the Library of Congress' own
- Any member of Congress who wanted to read the Nazi Weapons
Law need only have asked for it to be produced from the shelves of the
Library of Congress and for it to be translated by Library of Congress
experts. Why should any member of Congress ever have owned the original
German text of the Nazi Weapons Law?
- Without access to Tom Dodd's personal papers, archived
under his heirs' control, we unfortunately cannot offer definite answers.
- Dodd could have acquired the German text of the Nazi
Weapons Law during his time at Nuremberg. But he had no need to do so.
- Dodd did not personally handle the prosecution of Nazi
Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick, who signed the Nazi Weapons Law. The case
against Frick was presented by Robert M.W. Kempner, Assistant Trial Counsel
for the United States (see 'Trial of the Major War Criminals before the
International Military Tribunal,' cited as TMWC, Vol. V, pp. 352-67, Nuremberg,
- Nor should the Nazi Weapons Law otherwise have come to
Dodd's attention. The Nazi Weapons Law was not used as evidence against
Frick (see Kempner's speech, TMWC, V, pp. 352-67 and 'Index of Laws, Decrees,
Orders, Directives, and the Administration of Justice in Nazi Germany
and Nazi Dominated Countries', TMWC, Vol. XXIII, pp. 430-33). The Nazi
Weapons Law is not listed among documents submitted as evidence to the
Tribunal by the American prosecutors (see Vol. XXIV, pp. 98-169).
- The prosecutors at Nuremberg doubtless knew of the Nazi
Weapons Law. They probably saw it in the 'Reichsgesetzblatt.' On the same
day that Nazi Interior Minister Frick signed the Weapons Law, March 18,
1938, he signed another law governing security measures in newly annexed
Austria. This law concerning Austria appeared in the 'Reichsgesetzblatt'
-- directly in front of the Weapons Law -- and was introduced into evidence
at Nuremberg ('Reichsgesetzblatt' 1938, I, p. 262; the Nazi Weapons Law
was published in the same volume, p. 265; see TMWC, Vol. V, p.358 for
reference to law concerning Austria).
- Thus, the Nazi Weapons Law appeared to have no historical
merit at Nuremberg and should not have attracted anyone's notice, certainly
not to the extent of causing anyone to want to keep a copy of it as a
- If Dodd got his copy of the original German text of the
Nazi Weapons Law during his time at Nuremberg, it likely was part of a
collection of documents, for example, issues of the 'Reichsgesetzblatt'.
- But if he acquired the original German text of the Nazi
Weapons Law after his service at Nuremberg, he must have done so for a
very specific reason. The Nazi Weapons Law plainly did not figure at Nuremberg.
- We may safely conclude it had little, if any, interest
for those interested in the history of the Nazis' rise to power. For example,
the Nazi Weapons Law is not mentioned at all in William L. Shirer's very
thorough study of Nazi Germany, 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'
(Simon and Schuster, New York, 1950).
- At the hearings held by Dodd's subcommittee at the end
of June 1968, Rep. Dingell had objected to the firearms registration provision
then being discussed. Dodd may have offered his copy of the Nazi Weapons
Law to show that the specific proposal did not resemble anything in the
- He may not have realized that he was revealing a broader
truth; that the whole fabric of GCA '68 was based on the Nazi Weapons Law,
even if the specific registration proposal was not so based.
- Alternatively, Dodd may not have cared whether or not
anyone knew that he had the German text of the Nazi Weapons Law. He doubtless
knew that months would pass before the hearing record was printed and so
generally available for scrutiny. Thus, even if anyone then noticed the
parallels between the two laws, the bill would already have become law.
- Rep. Dingell does not appear to have pursued the matter:
the firearms registration provision was not included in GCA '68. The Congress
was stampeded on gun control by public enthusiasm. Martin Luther King
had been murdered on April 4, 1968, and Robert F. Kennedy had been murdered
on June 6, 1968.
- We are not the first to have seen this hearing record.
But we appear to be the first to have recognized its importance. This hearing
record suggests strongly that the late Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) himself
implanted the Nazi Weapons Law into American law, or, at very least, helped
others to do so.
- Now you know the ugly truth about the roots of GCA '68.
But you need to see -- with your own eyes -- the hard evidence of the Nazi
roots of gun control in America presented in 'Gun Control: Gateway to
- If you want to destroy gun control, you can use this
book to do it. You can demand the immediate repeal of the Nazi inspired
GCA '68 and all state laws based on it.
- Of Senate Judiciary Committee members serving in 1968,
only Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Strom Thurmond (D-SC) are still in the
Senate. Both are still members of the Judiciary Committee. In light of
the evidence presented above, will they now help to repeal GCA '68?
- Few lawmakers will try to defend the Nazis. And, if they
do, you know what to do: vote them out at the next election, or sooner,
if your state's laws provide for recall elections. The Nazi Weapons Law
of March 18, 1938, cleared the way for World War II and Nazi genocide
against the Jews, Gypsies and 7,000,000 other people. If "Never Again"
is to be a reality in America, the Nazi based GCA '68 must be erased.
- Write to U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), U.S. House of
Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515, or telephone him at (202) 225-4071.
Tell him that he was right to think that the Nazi Weapons Law of 1938
was the blueprint for GCA '68. Ask him to hold hearings to repeal GCA '68,
- Join JPFO -- "America's Aggressive Civil Rights
Organization" P.O. Box 270143, Hartford, WI. 53027, (414) 673-9745.
(Annual Dues $20.00)
- The 1938 Nazi Weapons Law that disarmed, enslaved &
murdered the men above, is alive and well in the United States, and is
called, "The Gun Control act of 1968", and is enforced by the
modern day gestapo, known as the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, &
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