America has suffered some shocking incidents of gun violence over the years. In the last year, the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have fueled fresh calls for gun control.
But one author says there are good historical reasons not to create new gun laws.
Stephen Halbrook, research fellow at the Independent Institute, explains it all in his new book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State."
Halbrook based his research on newly discovered secret documents from German archives, diaries, and newspapers from the Nazi era.
The book shows how in the post-World War I chaos, Germany's liberal government adopted the country's first comprehensive gun control laws in 1928 and soon required the registration of all firearms.
Once the Nazi's seized power in 1933, they began a massive campaign of search and seizure of firearms from political opponents, who were often described as Communists, as well as Nazi raids on Jewish quarters in search of firearms.
Halbrook talked with CBN News's Efrem Graham about the lessons America can learn from gun control laws in history on CBN News Today, Nov. 22.