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The Second Amendment

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On September 23, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be opening part two of an exhibit examining aspects of the “The Second Amendment,” giving visitors the opportunity to learn about laws that shaped this amendment and see rare firearms on display. NRA Museum

This exhibit explores the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” through “curiosities,” firearms that are smaller than the standard sidearm, historically designed for a pocket or a lady’s handbag. Others feature combination designs with brass knuckles, knives, or a cane. In contrast, the display will also feature sporting and long guns traditionally owned by civilians, such as a British Brown Bess and a Kentucky rifle.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum has partnered with the National Rifle Association Museums, which includes the National Firearms Museum located in Fairfax, Virginia, which has generously loaned the special firearms in this exhibit.

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, part of first 10 amendments known collectively as the Bill of Rights, is one of the most well-known legal principles in the world. Since it was ratified in 1791, many other laws and court cases have fleshed out the Amendment and established legal frameworks for its interpretation and implementation.

Also on display:

Chicago Firearms Co. "Protector" Palm Pistol
Chicago Firearms Co. ‘Protector’ Palm Pistol
Unwin & Rodgers Knife Pistol
Unwin & Rodgers Knife Pistol
Apache Revolver
“Apache” – Dolne, Belgium Revolver

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Alcatraz East hosts temporary exhibits, in partnership with outside organizations, related to crime and law enforcement topics.

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