Pennsylvanians Will Go To Jail?
"The Rifleman in Civil Defense" pleased me so much I bought 3 more copies. One I gave to the former head of the Air Raid Warden setup in our local Civil Defense Council. (The Air-Raid Warden group has been abolished here in setting up a new group called the "Survival Group.") When I told the former Head Warden of my desire to form a group of "Riflemen" he seemed interested as he is a G.I. World War II: said he would take it up with the "higher ups."
But right now here in Pennsylvania, we sportsmen (hunters and fishermen) have a hard fight on our hands. Radio Station WPEN in Philadelphia started the ball rolling with radio editorials advocating more drastic gun regulations. They got the Phila. District Attorney, Victor H. Blanc, to write up the Bill now known as Senate Bill No. 412 and introduced into the Senate at Harrisburg by Senate Minority Leader, Charles Weiner.
The meat of the bill is: every shotgun, rifle, revolver, pistol owned by an individual must be registered by the owner with the police whether he hunts or not. The owner must be fingerprinted and photographed before he is granted a permit.
Failure to comply with these rules is a $5,000 fine or five years in the hoosegow or both. So if you don't hear from me anymore 1 11 be in the hoosegow or dead. / don't intend to register any shotgun or rifle with any police now or anytime in the future, law or no law.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution says "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Any other gun legislation is illegal and they can go to Hell as far as I'm concerned. Passing gun legislation makes the citizen harmless. The criminal then knows the law abiding citizen can't shoot back. Also the registration of all guns is the first step in a Police Slate.
Please help us in Pennsylvania to kill this Senate Bill No. 412.
Guerilla Practice At Night
Congratulations on the article in the April issue of Guns about the role of the "Rifleman in Civil Defense."
Here in (a major New England city) we have an organization very similar to the one described. It has been in existence for about two years, but is still in the secret stage. We have not attempted to become affiliated with C.D. for fear of being labeled crackpots or even subversives. Our group is, for the most part, well armed and we have been studying guerilla fighting methods. We have frequent maneuvers similar to those of Chautauqua County's I.M.S.U. We have also held night operations, always at the risk of being apprehended and exposed by local police. Nevertheless, I believe these are far more practical and keep the group on its toes.
The big problem is to obtain suitable personnel. Believe me, it's a hard job! You can't just walk up to someone, even a close friend, and ask him to become involved with an armed band which practices guerilla methods. After two years our group includes only 12 members. But we have come to the conclusion that, in the event of a national emergency such a group would grow rapidly once its existence became known.
I strongly urge that Guns Magazine distribute copies of "Rifleman in Civil Defense" to C.D. Headquarters in every state and also to newspapers in the major cities. The general public must at least be exposed to such an idea if it is to succeed. I feel certain that there are other such groups, operating secretly throughout the country, which would come to light if they felt public opinion was in their favor.
More on Riflemen
I am seventeen and have been hunting or shooting of one sort or another since I was eight. I started reading your magazine this year and find it the most interesting and informative gun magazine I've ever read.
Here at a military academy, of all places, I find that many people think that the individual rifleman, or guerilla warfare of any type, is obsolete. I am very enlightened to see that men in this country have the same ideas as mine, that "Minutemen" as in David Soule's article might possibly play an important role in this nation's defense in a possible future war.
Just wanted you to know that I read and enjoy your magazine and will subscribe to it as soon as I return to New Mexico after graduating from here.
William T. Old Culver Military Academy Culver, Indiana
Senator Anderson, New Mexico, stales his position regarding the Second Amendment in Know Your Lawmakers on page 17.—Editors.
In the January 1959 issue I came across an article by David Soule entitled "Where Are Tomorrow's Minute Men?" Excellent. Though at present it is true that the government frowns on organized groups, there certainly can be no objection to individuals doing some planning and preparation on their own. A long story or a series of short articles on What to have or How to do it in your magazine would be a great service to your readers, and perhaps to the whole country.
Descriptions of guns, ammo., food, clothing, shelter, medical supplies, transportation, and communication would he of great value. Remember that any effective fighting force must first survive the expected nuclear hombing and then find a means to sustain itself and its families. People living outside of large urban target areas will have less of a problem than their cilv dwelling cousins. However, all survivors of the initial attack will have to provide for themselves to some extent; so that they will be assets rather than liabilities to the country.
Would appreciate seeing some advice and suggestions on this matter of survival and effective guerrilla activity.
Minute Man Chicago, 111.
"Minnie Man" is the pseudonym of a Chicago policeman who ¡ears that his superiors might disapprove his views as expressed above.—Editors.
Congrats to Llmer Keith on another fine article, '"King of the Buffalo Killers." This article evidenced to me the complete balance of interests so evident in your magazine, and. unfortunately, lacking in others. After publishing Rov Wealherby's article you countered yourselves very nicely wit 11 this one. As long as you keep printing, the corner newsstand will keep gelling my four bits.
K. A. Pring Toronlo. Onlario Canada
Low-Loads for .375?
Reading the article in Gi ns March issue. ''Load Your .375 For Ail-Around 1 se" by Bill McCandlass was very interesting and just the answer to my problem. I have a .375 H & II Winchester 70 which 1 have used last year on black hear and deer bunting in the Last. However, I did not have llie opportunity to use it lo fine results. Is il possible to purchase such reduced loads for the .375 suitable for bear and deer? 1 do not reload; howe\er, have plenty of cases.
C. F. Slephan Co>hoclon. Ohio Box 102
Primary Maker: Primary Contract
Thanks very much lor commenting on our receiving the contract of the M-14 rifle. We are frankly quite proud and equally frankly feel it only proper that the leading gun maker in this country should receive the primary contract.
New 1 laven. Conn.
With great interest and pleasure. I read and like every issue of your fine publication. There are exceptional articles. I liked particularly the article on Colt, by William B. Iidwards. 1 had nc\er heard of his book and would appreciate any information about ibis book and where it can be purchased.
"The Story of Coil's Revolver" by William S. Edwards, is published by S/ackpole Co., Harrisburg, Pa.; is obtainable jrom any book dealer.—Editors.
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