Interview with Charles O'Brien
QUESTION 11
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Great. Very good. What were some of the legislative changes that you worked on, trying to curb the Panthers use of arms and the use of arms in public?

CHARLES O'BRIEN:

Well, over a period of time, in the 1960s, we were constantly going to the legislature to try and restrict the use of weapons by citizens in an urban, in, environment. We did not feel that hunting rifles or any kind of weapon belonged on city streets. And we pressed the legislature, with some success over a period of time, and sometimes the NRA was stronger than we were, quite frankly, to get these hands out, to get the guns out of the hands of the people who were waving them around. And the Panthers were particularly provocative. Ah, we didn't, from the State point of view, regard them as, as serious a threat as some of the others like the Revolutionary Armed Movement and the, ah, right wing groups, the, ah, State's rights groups and the para-military on the right. But they were particularly provocative in their public confrontations. And we regarded them as a, as a pain.

LOUIS MASSIAH:

OK, I'm interested in your role as a--