History question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by NesikaChad, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. NesikaChad

    NesikaChad Well-Known Member

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    When, if there ever was such a time, was it legal to just sell a firearm across the counter with no paperwork, no CCI's, and no Big brother?

    When did the law change I guess is what I'm asking. I'm 36 so I remember the Brady bill which if I understand it right is a byproduct of the President Regan assassination attempt.(right?)

    Is that when the 4473 came of age?

    Educate this lost one please!

    Chad
     
  2. edge

    edge Well-Known Member

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    Not 100% sure, but I think that it was the gun control act of 1968 after the King and Kennedy assassinations.

    Oswald bought his rifle through the mail in 1963. I remember buying a BB gun from the back of a magazine through the mail when I was about 10....that was in '64.....well I ordered it but my Mother intercepted it when I was at school :)

    edge.
     

  3. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    "you'll put your eye out with that thing"

    Sorry, I gad to say it.:D
     
  4. NesikaChad

    NesikaChad Well-Known Member

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    thank you.
     
  5. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Yes when I was a kid there was no paper work when purchasing a firearm wheter a rifle, shotgun or handgun. We have lost a lot of our civil rights. I am not sure what year this first changed
     
  6. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I worked for a large gun shop in 1977-1978. The Federal form 4473 was required at that time. Not sure about its inception though.
     
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    James H Well-Known Member

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    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    I think it was 1964 when I bought a mail order Winchester model 1200 from Sears Roebuck & Company and there was no paper work. ($124.00). I think things really changed in 1968 with that gun control act. I’m not sure as I never bought another gun out of a store until recently
     
  9. Buffalobob

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    That's right, I sweated hard in the cotton fields to earn enough money to buy my first gun. It was a Stevens 311 side by side and we ordered it from the Sears Catalog in 1958 for $66.00. It was delivered by the mailman.
     
  10. edge

    edge Well-Known Member

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    Ahh, the Sears Catalog :)

    There was a time when you could order an entire house from the catalog...and everything to go in it too!

    edge.

    Sorry for the hijack :)
     
  11. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Wait until BHO gets into the Whitehouse. You won't be able to get a brass case in the mail. But than again after he "redistributes" all of the wealth, you won't be able to afford to shoot so it won't matter anyway!

    Let's all go back to the 50's and just go hunting. :>)
     
  12. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    The Gun Control Act of 1968 came about because of the alleged lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald(google him). Up until then you could buy thru the mail no problems, no questions, no one cared. I bought my first deer rifle, a 99 Sav .308, in 1964 thru the mail, I was 14. And my first long range rifle, a LH 264 Win Mag, thru the mail in 1966, I was 16. After the CIA killed the redhead in Dealy Plaza(google that) then all the paperwork came about and a massive Federal bureaucracy and phone call center in WV was created. The waiting time is now ...45 minutes.

    The commies won that one. But if you join the NRA and pay your dues it will be their last victory over the 2nd Amendment.
     
  13. dogdinger

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    my dad ordered 2 surplus rifles right out of the NRA magazine back in the early 60's. they were springfield 03-A3's and he paid 12$ apeice. i remember helping him wash the cosmoline off them with gasoline when they came in. he also ordered surplus ammo in the same order for next to nothing. this was the rifle he had carried in the service and boy could he shoot them. he ground the barrel band off the front end and sporterized the stocks. later on he had the recievers drilled and tapped for scope mounts. this was the rifle i first hunted with. they were amazingly accurate considering the had a barrel with only 2 grooves. AJ