November 24, 2014 -- Professor Adam Winkler is quoted in an op-ed in The Press Democrat about a split decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn California’s concealed weapons law. The decision is being appealed.
In the Old West, every man carried a six-shooter everywhere he went.
Maybe on the big screen.
But not in the cow towns that inspired so much American folklore.
From Tombstone, Ariz. to Dodge City, Kan,, and in hundreds of towns in between, strict gun control laws prohibited firearms.
As Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and the author of “Gunfight: The Battle for the Right to Bear Arms in America,” wrote for the Huffington Post: “A visitor arriving in Wichita, Kansas in 1873, the heart of the Wild West era, would have seen signs declaring, ‘Leave Your Revolvers At Police Headquarters, and Get a Check.’ ”
Read the op-ed.