Forty years ago today: N.Y. gun clubs offer $200 bounty to those who kill assailants

April 13, 1977: New York pistol and rifle clubs with 5,000 members offered $200 to any robbery or assault victim who shoots and kills his or her attacker. “The object, obviously, is to encourage citizens who are properly licensed to defend themselves because of the complete breakdown of the criminal justice system in New York,” said Jerry Preiser, president of the Federation of Greater New York Pistol and Rifle Clubs. Three businessmen who killed assailants in the previous week were to receive $200 checks and scrolls of commendation.

–Brought to you by Lights Out Summer, set in 1977, out Oct. 1.

Source: New York Times
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