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United States

2 March 2008

Virginian-Pilot (Virginia)

Up until the gangster era, gun control — where it existed — was a hodgepodge of mostly local laws, haphazardly enforced. That changed in the 1930s, when flamboyant criminals such as Al Capone, John Dillinger and "Machine Gun" Kelly spurred the federal government to action. Even then, gun control didn't sit well with much of the American public. The end result was often watered-down legislation. Some of the more noteworthy laws: 1934: National Firearms Act Passed... (

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