Here it is, well past "time" and I haven't writ. Tsk.
I'm trying to research the history of Indiana's "License To Carry Handgun," possibly the oldest such permit system in the United States, but not having much luck tracking down the date it began; I remember reading it was some time in the 1930s, but have yet to find the source. All this is in support of Tam's reminder of what the "good character" clause in our permit laws (presently much-loved by the gun-fearing weenies at our local newspaper) actually meant when the law was introduced. Yeah, just guess.
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3 years ago
It was 1935. The Uniform Firearms Act.
Here is the Matthews decision that upheld the constitutionality of the license system in 1958:
If it started in the 1930's, then the Massachusetts License to Carry pre-dates it. Theirs was passed right after the turn of the century.
I wonder if something didn't exist prior to 1935. The title of the act suggests that it may have combined in omnibus a number of separate laws that pre-existed.
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