The strange birth of NY’s gun laws, a N.Y. Post report.

Image: Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views; Wikimedia The…

Image: Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views; Wikimedia

The father of New York gun control was Democratic city pol “Big Tim “Sullivan — a state senator and Tammany Hall crook, a criminal overseer of the gangs of New York.

In 1911 — in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide — Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon.
This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought pitched battles with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastmans, against the Italian Five Pointers. When the cops showed up, the two underworld armies joined forces and blasted away, resulting in three deaths and scores of injuries. The public was clamoring for action against the gangs.

Read the rest of Michael A. Walsh’s article at the N.Y. Post.

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  • Jeff

    So those gun laws were born out of some contrived plan made by a crook?-I see nothing’s changed in a hundred years.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    Huh and I figured it didnt know who it’s daddy was:)