Is Gun Control a Nazi Scheme?
Dr. William Pierce
With gun owners increasingly aware of the Jewish leadership of
the gun-banning movement, a group of Jews in Milwaukee claiming to be defenders
of the Second Amendment have been noisily denouncing gun control as a
"Nazi" scheme. The group, calling themselves "Jews for
the Preservation of Firearms Ownership," assert that Adolf Hitler
was the father of all gun grabbers. The proof of this, they claim, was
the "German Weapons Law" (Waffengesetz) of March 18, 1938,
which was enacted by Germany's National Socialist government. They have
succeeded in persuading at least one magazine read by firearms enthusiasts to
publicize their claims repeatedly (Guns and Ammo, May 1993 and
The truth of the matter is that the 1938 German law
specifically provided for the ownership and carrying of firearms, including
handguns, by law-abiding German citizens. Jews, of course, were not German citizens --
the National Socialists defined citizenship in ethnic terms --
and the law specifically barred Jews from having any role in the manufacture of
firearms or ammunition or from being firearms dealers (but not from
purchasing or owning firearms).
The German law certainly was not an ideal one from the viewpoint
of today's beleaguered American patriot, because it did have certain
licensing requirements. A permit (Waffenerwerbschein) was required to buy
a handgun (but not a long gun), and a separate license (Waffenschein),
good for three years, was required to carry any firearm in public.
Actually, the German law was less restrictive than most state and local laws
in the United States were before the current campaign to nullify the Second Amendment
shifted into high gear in 1993. More significantly, it ameliorated a
law which had been enacted ten years earlier by a Left-Center government
hostile to the National Socialists (the government headed by Wilhelm Marx
and consisting of a coalition of Socialists and Catholic Centrists). The
1938 law irritated the Jews by pointedly excluding them from the firearms
business, but it clearly was not a law aimed at preventing the ownership or use
of firearms, including handguns, for either sporting or self-defense
purposes by German citizens. As noted above, it actually relaxed or
eliminated the provisions of a pre-existing law.
The facts, in brief, are these:
The National Socialist government of Germany did not
fear its citizens. Adolf Hitler was the most popular leader
Germany has ever had.
The spirit of National Socialism was one of
manliness, and individual self-defense and self-reliance were central to
the National Socialist view of the way a citizen should behave. The
notion of banning firearms ownership was alien to National Socialism.
Gun registration and licensing (for long guns as
well as for handguns) were legislated by an anti-National Socialist
government in Germany five years before the National Socialists
gained power. Five years after they gained power they got around to
rewriting the gun law enacted by their predecessors, substantially
ameliorating it in the process (for example, long guns were
exempted from the requirement for a purchase permit; the legal age
for gun ownership was lowered from 20 to 18 years; and
the period of validity of a permit to carry weapons was extended from
one to three years). They may be criticized for leaving certain
restrictions and licensing requirements in the law, but they had no
intention of preventing law-abiding Germans from keeping or bearing
The highlights of the 1938 German Weapons Law (which in its
entirety fills 12 pages of the Reichsgesetzblatt with legalese),
especially as it applied to ordinary citizens rather than manufacturers or
Handguns may be sold or purchased only on submission of a
"Weapons Acquisition Permit" (Waffenerwerbschein), which
must be used within one year from the date of issue. Muzzle-loading
handguns are exempted from the permit requirement.
Holders of a permit to carry weapons (Waffenschein)
or of a hunting license do not need a "Weapons Acquisition Permit"
in order to acquire a handgun.
A hunting license authorizes its bearer to carry hunting
weapons and handguns.
Firearms and ammunition, as well as swords and knives, may
not be sold to minors under the age of 18 years.
Whoever carries a firearm outside of his dwelling, his place
of employment, his place of business, or his fenced property must have on
his person a "Weapons Permit" (Waffenschein). A permit
is not required, however, for carrying a firearm for use at a
police-approved shooting range.
A permit to acquire a handgun or to carry firearms may only
be issued to persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can
show a need for a permit. In particular, a permit may not be issued
persons under the age of 18 years;
legally incompetent or mentally retarded persons;
Gypsies or vagabonds;
persons under mandatory police supervision (i.e., on parole)
or otherwise temporarily without civil rights;
persons convicted of treason or high treason or known
to be engaged in activities hostile to the state;
persons who for assault, trespass, a breach of the
peace, resistance to authority, a criminal offense or misdemeanor, or a
hunting or fishing violation, were legally sentenced to a term of
imprisonment of more than two weeks, if three years have not
passed since the term of imprisonment.
The manufacture, sale, carrying, possession, and import of
the following are prohibited:
"trick" firearms, designed so as to conceal
their function (e.g., cane guns and belt-buckle pistols);
any firearm equipped with a silencer and any rifle
equipped with a spotlight;
cartridges with .22 caliber, hollow-point bullets.
That is the essence. Numerous other provisions of the law relate
to firearms manufacturers, importers, and dealers; to acquisition and
carrying of firearms by police, military, and other official personnel; to
the maximum fees which can be charged for permits (3 Reichsmarks); to
tourists bringing firearms into Germany; and to the fines and other penalties to
be levied for violations.
A full text and translation of these German
gun laws is available from:
"National Vanguard Books" P.O. Box 330
Hillsboro, WV 24946
The requirements of "trustworthiness" and of proof of
need when obtaining a permit are troubling, but it should be noted that they
were simply carried over from the 1928 law: they were not formulated by the
National Socialists. Under the National Socialists,
these requirements were interpreted liberally: a person who did not fall into
one of the prohibited categories listed above was considered trustworthy, and a
statement such as, "I often carry sums of money," was
accepted as proof of need.
The prohibitions of spotlight-equipped rifles and hollow-point
.22 caliber ammunition were based on considerations that the former were
unsporting when used for hunting, and the latter were inhumane.
It was not until 1945, when the communist and democratic victors
of the Second World War had installed occupation governments to rule
over the conquered Germans that German citizens were denied the right to
Despite these facts, there are a number of people among those
who support Second Amendment rights who have fallen for the Jewish trick
of associating gun-grabbing with Hitler and the National Socialists.
These people sometimes make such statements as, "The first thing Hitler
did when he came to power was round up all the guns." Such statements
are demonstrably false, and when they are made by a person who genuinely
supports Second Amendment rights they reveal the person's ignorance
or dishonesty. When they are made by a Jewish group it is clear that
their intent is to confuse the public and deceitfully deflect blame from their
This article was originally published in:
"NATIONAL VANGUARD" Magazine P.O. Box 330
Hillsboro, WV 24946
Fax # 304-653-4690