Why British Gun Control Failed during the Revolutionary War and why it will certainly faill again when We the People stand up to defend the U.S. Constitution.


Comments by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

The anti gun zealots in today’s congress are about to cross a line. 

Why do you suppose it was called the American Revolutionary War and not the British Revolutionary War?

Simple, their attempts a confiscating American weapons failed and it will fail again.


Should they choose to do so, they will find that today’s Americans will refuse to relinquish their weapons and any serious attempt at confiscation will be met with a blizzard of hot flying lead. 

Looking back, the Brits understood they would not prevail against an armed America, thus they decided upon gun control.

Therefore, two days after Lord Dartmouth dispatched his disarmament recommendation, King George III and his ministers blocked importation of arms and ammunition to America.

Read literally, the order merely required a permit to export arms or ammunition from Great Britain to America. In practice, no permits were granted.

Sound familiar?  Dianne Feinstein probably stole the wording for her legislation to be put forth on January 13, 2013. 

Meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin was masterminding the surreptitious import of arms and ammunition from the Netherlands, France, and Spain.

As Benjamin Franklin arranged to have more weapons shipped to the U.S. from

By David B. Kopel

Administrative and Regulatory Law News (American Bar Association). Vol. 37, no. 4, Summer 2012. More by Kopel on the right to arms in the Founding Era.


This Article reviews the British gun control program that precipitated the American Revolution: the 1774 import ban on firearms and gunpowder; the 1774-75 confiscations of firearms and gunpowder; and the use of violence to effectuate the confiscations. It was these events that changed a situation of political tension into a shooting war. Each of these British abuses provides insights into the scope of the modern Second Amendment.


Furious at the December 1773 Boston Tea Party, Parliament in 1774 passed the Coercive Acts. The particular provisions of the Coercive Acts were offensive to Americans, but it was the possibility that the British might deploy the army to enforce them that primed many colonists for armed resistance. The Patriots of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, resolved: “That in the event of Great Britain attempting to force unjust laws upon us by the strength of arms, our cause we leave to heaven and our rifles.” A South Carolina newspaper essay, reprinted in Virginia, urged that any law that had to be enforced by the military was necessarily illegitimate. (entire article below)

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