Gun control passed in Nazi Germany one day after Kristallnacht

We commemorate Kristallnacht with vigils every year. But nobody remembers what happened the very next day, which was much more fateful. Hat tip EPJ.

Jews around the world and in Israel – stay armed, stay safe.




11 November 1938

With a basis in §31 of the Weapons Law of 18 March 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p.265), Article III of the Law on the Reunification of Austria with Germany of 13 March 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 237), and §9 of the Führer and Chancellor’s decree on the administration of the Sudeten-German districts of 1 October 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p 1331) are the following ordered:§1
Jews (§5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 1333) are prohibited from acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons.  Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.
Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew’s possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation.
The Minister of the Interior may make exceptions to the Prohibition in §1 for Jews who are foreign nationals.  He can entrust other authorities with this power.
Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions of §1 will be punished with imprisonment and a fine.  In especially severe cases of deliberate violations, the punishment is imprisonment in a penitentiary for up to five years.
For the implementation of this regulation, the Minister of the Interior waives the necessary legal and administrative provisions.
This regulation is valid in the state of Austria and in the Sudeten-German districts.
Berlin, 11 November 1938
Minister of the Interior


2 thoughts on “Gun control passed in Nazi Germany one day after Kristallnacht

  1. Important post.

    I know some of your neighbors who have already had their guns taken away.

    Does your town have a private security company, instead of its own residents
    guarding the place?

    Are your residents even allowed to volunteer?

    Were you told that this was for the sake of efficiency?

    Maybe you think that your town is safe from expulsion, but there are many others which have had the above already happen to them,…implemented by their stupid, naive, or collaboraing town councils.

    • Residents guard, there is a Kitat Konnenut but it’s hard to get in. I don’t think any town is safe from expulsion, and I don’t believe in the legitimacy of town councils.

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