Franklin Orth

May 11, 1907 – Jan 4, 1970

  • 1928 bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • 1931 law degree the University of Wisconsin Law School
  • World War II
    – rank of Colonel
    – served on the staff of General Frank Merrill in the jungles of Burma
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army.
  • 1959 – 1970 Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • 1964 supported banning the inexpensive, often low-quality, handguns known as Saturday night specials
    – supported limits on mail-order gun purchases
  • 1968 Gun Control Act

    – wrote in the American Rifleman
    “appear unduly restrictive and unjustified in their application to law-abiding citizens, the measure as a whole appears to be one that the sportsmen of America can live with.”

“We do not think that any sane American, who calls himself an American, can object to placing into this bill the instrument which killed the president of the United States.”

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