The New York Times:
The first major ban on the open carrying of firearms — a Republican-led bill that was drafted after Black Panthers began hanging around the State Legislature in Sacramento with their guns on display — was signed in 1967 by none other than Gov. Ronald Reagan of California. The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 was primarily a reaction to the scourge of “Saturday night specials” — cheap handguns owned by the poor and the black. The National Rifle Association opposed neither law.
|The Cheetum family in Doerun, Ga., in 1950. Credit Bettmann/Corbis|
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The two articles below go into greater detail about the NRA's double standard when it came to whites and guns vs. white urban immigrants and southern blacks.
The Secret History of Guns
Gun Control, Racism, and the NRA