Democrats passed laws called "Black Codes," which included taking guns away from Blacks.
The Democrat Legislature of North Carolina passed a Black Code, published in 1825:
"No slave shall go armed with gun, sword, club, or other weapon, or shall keep any such weapon, or shall hunt or range with a gun in the woods, upon any pretence whatsoever:
and if any slave shall be found offending herein, it shall and may be lawful for any person or persons to seize and take to his own use, such gun, sword, or other weapon,
and to apprehend and deliver such slave to the next constable, who is enjoined and required without further order or warrant, to give such slave twenty lashes on his or her bare back, and to send him or her home; and the master."
The Democrat Legislature of Georgia passed a Black Code in 1833:
“The Free person of colour, so detected in owning, using or carrying fire-arms, shall receive on his bare back, thirty-nine lashes.”
The Democrat Legislature of Alabama passed a Black Code in 1833:
"Section 7. No slave shall keep or carry any gun, powder, shot, club, or other weapon whatsoever, offensive or defensive ...
Every gun, weapon, or ammunition, found in the possession or custody of any slave, may be seized by any person ...
Every such offender shall receive, by order of such justice, any number of lashes not exceeding thirty-nine, on his bare back."
The Democrat Legislature of Mississippi passed a Black Code in 1865:
"No freedman, Negro, or mulatto shall carry or keep firearms or ammunition."
The Democrat Legislature of Florida passed a Black Code in 1865:
"SEC. 12. Be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful for any negro, mulatto, or other person of color, to own, use or keep in his possession or under his control, any Bowie-knife, dirk, sword, fire-arms or ammunition of any kind ...
and any negro ... so offending, shall be deemed to be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall forfeit to the use of ... all such fire-arms and ammunition, and in addition thereto, shall be sentenced to stand in the pillory for one hour, or be whipped, not exceeding thirty-nine stripes, or both, and the discretion of the jury."
Robert Cottrol, a professor of law at George Washington University, stated:
“Some of the earliest gun control legislation was in fact being aimed directly at black people ...
Immediately after the Civil War the southern states in 1865 and '66 passed the Black Codes and among other things the Black Codes prohibited the newly freed black population from having weapons.
In fact, that was one of the principal reasons for the passage of the 14th Amendment, it was basically to attack the Black Codes and also to apply the Bill of Rights and specifically the Second Amendment to the states.”
Democrat appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney wrote in his infamous Dred Scott decision, 1856 of slaves were:
“... so far inferior ... that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit ...
We think they are not ... to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution ... (otherwise) It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognized as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right … to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”
Taney ignored or was ignorant that in Massachusetts, Blacks were full citizens as acknowledged in the state's 1780 constitution, which declared “all men are born free and equal.”
In Massachusetts was Black Revolutionary War veteran and freed slave Toby Gilmore, who not only owned a gun but a cannon, which reportedly was given to him for serving as George Washington's a bodyguard.
Toby Gilmore is thought to be the Black soldier near Washington in the iconic painting of the Delaware Crossing.
According to tradition, Gilmore kept the cannon on his farm in Raynham, Massachusetts, and publicly fired it every Fourth of July. Today it is kept in the Old Colony Historical Society Museum in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Frederick Douglass, the Republican advisor to President Abraham Lincoln, stated:
“A man’s rights rest in three boxes: The ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box.”
The Republican Congress enacted the Ku Klux Klan Act, April 20, 1871, outlawing Democrat-affiliated intimidation groups which oppressed and terrorized black neighborhoods.
Democrats, such as former KKK klansman Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving Democrat Senator and the Senate Majority Leader, opposed desegregation.
Senator Byrd admitted:
"You had to be in the Klan to advance in the Democrat Party."
In 1892, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who, as a Republican, helped found the NAACP, was a tireless crusader to stop lynchings, saying:
“A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every Black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”
To defend against Democrat-fueled vigilante groups such as the KKK, Black men in Louisiana, led by Robert "Bob" Hicks, incorporated "Deacons for Defense and Justice" in 1964.
Republican Congressman Burgess Owens played in the NFL for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders.
In the article, "Rep. Burgess Owens Uses History, Facts to Counter the Gun Control Push" (TTAG, 3/18/21), he stated:
“I grew up in the deep South at a time when African Americans were unable to defend themselves. After the Civil War, Black Codes and Jim Crow laws prohibited people of color from owning firearms ...
As a child my father witnessed an altercation between his father and a Southern white man who thought my grandfather was being disrespectful and threatened to teach him a lesson.
But my grandfather was prepared … without firing his gun on another human being, my grandfather’s rights to own a firearm ensured his rights to protect his life, liberty and property.”
Condoleezza Rice, former Republican Secretary of State commented on The View, March 1, 2018, regarding Birmingham's Democrat Commissioner Bull Connor, 1957-1963:
"Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the Second Amendment.
I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late fifties, early sixties. There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham Police were going to protect you.
And so when White Knight Riders would come through our neighborhood, my father and his friends would take their guns and they’d go to the head of the neighborhood, it’s a little cul-de-sac and they would fire in the air, if anybody came through.
I don’t think they actually ever hit anybody. But they protected the neighborhood.
... And I’m sure if Bull Connor had known where those guns were he would have rounded them up.
And so, I don’t favor some things like gun registration."
President and Founder of the National African American Gun Association Philip Smith stated:
“We’ve seen a trend of more African Americans choosing to express their Second Amendment rights to own a firearm, especially for personal protection.”
Black Guns Matter founder Maj Toure stated:
“People somehow forget that we have the right to defend our lives with firearms … I pick my words very carefully: All gun control is racist.”
Republican Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL) stated:
“Democrats in Washington, D.C., are trying to infringe upon your Second Amendment as we speak with H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 ...
I will always stand up for law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bear arms because I know gun laws only impact law-abiding citizens, not criminals.”
Republican Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) stated:
“The Second Amendment is fundamental to ensuring freedom and democracy and it should not be infringed upon.”