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Chicago Law Bars Museum From Displaying Nazi Gun Seized by WWII Hero
CHICAGO -- Chicago Alderman Edward Burke introduced an ordinance last week that would allow museums in the city to possess and display unloaded guns classified as “curious or relics.”
He took that action after learning the Pritzker Military Library and other museums in the Windy City are currently banned from including them in exhibits.
If passed, the museum’s president and CEO told FoxNews.com it would allow its estimated 15,000 annual visitors to see a significant World War II artifact personally returned stateside from a now-deceased U.S. Army officer.
“Alderman Burke heard our story about this and really came to the same conclusion we did – there’s really no clear code for museums,” Ken Clarke said. “And because of the lack of clarity, we haven’t taken any chances. So rather than hope for the best, we wanted to do this properly.”
A German Walther PP 7.65-mm. handgun donated to the museum by relatives of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William P. Levine — one of the highest-ranking Jewish generals in American history — is currently kept in a safe along with a dozen other handguns at a gun range in suburban Lombard, where they are exempt from the Chicago Firearms Ordinance, Clarke said.
“Curious and relics” firearms are defined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as at least 50 years old, certified by the curator of a municipal, state or federal museum or any gun that derives a “substantial part” of its monetary value from rare features or associations with historical figures, periods or events.
Source: Fox News
PHOTO: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William P. Levine donated his uniform, military papers and a handgun he obtained from a Nazi officer to the Pritzker Military Library. Photo courtesy: Pritzker Military Library
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